SPOKANE, Wash. – Kinsey McNaught went 4-7 at the plate while Drea Schwaier-Wolf and Madelyn Carlson quieted Pacific University bats, leading Whitworth to a Northwest Conference softball doubleheader sweep of the Boxers on Friday afternoon at Diana Marks Field.
The Pirates (25-9 overall, 19-5 NWC) won the opener 12-0 in five innings and won the second game 7-2. Pacific fell to 23-14, 17-9.
Game 1 – Whitworth 12, Pacific (Ore.) 0 – 5 innings
Schwaier-Wolf improved to 14-3 after allowing only one hit in her five-inning complete game. She struck out four Boxers and walked none.
The Pirates scored every time they came to bat in the opener, including three in the bottom of the first. The Bucs took advantage of a failed pickoff attempt in the second to go up 4-0 and a Rheanne Lewis double made it 5-0.
Whitworth scored three more times in the third for an 8-0 lead. Maddy Thomas had an RBI double in the rally. And even though they didn't need the runs, the Pirates scored four more times in the fourth inning. Sara Gayer and Michelle Silva each had RBI doubles in the rally.
Lewis finished 2-2, while McNaught, Silva, Thomas and Graham all went 2-3. Whitworth finished with 13 hits.
Cheyenne Datan (2-2) started in the circle for Pacific and took the loss after allowing five runs (four earned) on five hits in 1.2 innings.
Game 2 – Whitworth 7, Pacific 2
McNaught went 2-4 and scored twice to lead the Pirates to the doubleheader sweep.
Whitworth scored twice in the third inning to take the lead. McNaught's double drove in the first run, while Silva's single scored the second.
The Pirates broke open the game with five runs in the fifth. Lewis had a two-run single and Gayer added a run-scoring single later in the inning. Whitworth had the potential game-ending run on third base with one out, but Pacific prevented the rule-rule finish.
The Boxers scored their first run of the day in the sixth on Jill Uyeda's RBI double. They added another run in the seventh.
Carlson improved to 10-6 after allowing two runs (one earned) on eight hits in seven innings.
Carly Bursch started for Pacific and fell to 4-3 after allowing six runs (three earned) on six hits in four innings.