Parr Helps Whitworth Split on Opening Day
CLACKAMAS, Ore. – Whitworth lost a heart-breaker to College of Idaho in its season opener, but came back to hang on for an 11-9 win over host Concordia in the nightcap at the Northwest Cup on Friday evening at Hood River Park.
Sami Parr had three hits and scored a total of four runs to lead the Pirates.
Game 1 – College of Idaho 2, Whitworth 1
Nikki Shumway hit a home run with one out in the bottom of the seventh inning to lift the Coyotes (5-2) to a win over the Pirates.
Whitworth got on the board in the top of the first inning when Parr led off with a walk, stole second and went to third on a wild pitch. The Pirates eventually loaded the bases with two outs on two more walks when Jamie Brunner worked the fourth walk of the inning to drive in Parr.
Whitworth would only generate two hits in the game against Coyote pitcher Nickayla Skinner (2-0). Parr and Ashlyn Mundo each had a single.
Riley Fritz, in her first career start, pitched well for the Pirates. C of I did not tie the game until the bottom of the fourth inning when Kristen Haugen singled home the tying run.
With one out in the seventh, Shumway hit her first home run of the season to win the game for the Coyotes.
Game 2 – Whitworth 11, Concordia (Ore.) 9
Whitworth jumped out to a 9-0 lead after two at-bats on only four hits, then held on to beat the Cavaliers (1-7).
Parr led Whitworth with two hits, including her first home run of the season, three runs scored and an RBI. Jessica Ross had three runs-batted-in for the Bucs.
Ross had a two-run single in Whitworth's four-run first inning. The Pirates scored three unearned runs in the second while taking a 9-0 lead.
After Concordia pulled within 9-5 in the fifth, Parr led off the top of the sixth with her first homer of the season.
Taylor Gilbert started in the circle for the Pirates, pitching 2.1 innings and allowing two runs on five hits and three walks. Fritz took over with one out in the third, pitching 4.2 innings and allowing seven runs (five earned) on 13 hits to earn the win in relief.
Concordia outhit Whitworth 18-6, but committed four errors to only one for the Pirates.
Whitworth is scheduled to continue the Northwest Cup on Saturday with games against Northwest Christian (1:00 p.m.) and Corban (3:00 p.m.).