SPOKANE, Wash. –Taylor Gilbert earned two pitching victories in one afternoon to lead Whitworth to a sweep of a Northwest Conference softball doubleheader from visiting Puget Sound on Saturday at Diana Marks Field.
The Pirates improved to 6-14 overall and 4-10 in the NWC while the Loggers fell to 2-16, 2-10. The two teams will complete the four-game conference series on Sunday with another doubleheader scheduled to begin at noon.
Game 1 – Whitworth 6, Puget Sound 3
Whitworth scored four runs in the bottom of the fifth inning to pull away from Puget Sound in Saturday's opener.
Gilbert and Logger starting pitcher Joleen Monfiletto were locked in a tight pitchers' dual until the Pirates scratched out their four runs on four hits. Sami Parr scored the go-ahead run when the Loggers tried to throw her out at third base on Sacha Clow's fielder's choice. The throw to third got away and both runners moved up one base. With Clow on third and Jamie Brunner on first, Whitworth got a second run as Brunner broke for second base and UPS could not field the throw out from the catcher. Heather Hesselgesser added an RBI single and Jessica Ross had a run-scoring double in the inning.
The Loggers scored first when Jenica Holt led off with a double to left and scored on a single by Aryn Grouse. Whitworth tied the game in the bottom of the first when Brunner doubled home Parr, who had led off with a walk.
The Pirates made it 6-1 with an unearned run in the sixth. UPS closed to 6-3 with two runs in the seventh. Monfiletto doubled in the first run and she then later scored on a sacrifice fly by Megan Janes.
Gilbert (3-1) allowed three earned runs on six hits and two walks. She did not strike out a batter. Monfiletto (1-4) also went the distance for UPS, giving up five earned runs on nine hits with one strikeout and two walks.
Brunner finished 2-4 with one RBI and one run scored to lead the Pirates. Clow and Hesselgesser also had a pair of hits for Whitworth.
Grause and Monfiletto were the two Logger batters with two hits apiece.
Game 2 – Whitworth 12, Puget Sound 7
Hesselgesser went 3-4 with four runs driven in, including a bases-clearing double in the Pirates' seven-run first inning.
With Gilbert in the circle for Whitworth for the second straight game, the Loggers got off to an almost identical start as Holt led off with a double to left and later scored on Chrissy Atterson's double down the left field line.
But the Pirates supported Gibert with seven runs on only four hits in the bottom of the first as Logger starting pitcher Elayna Van Hess walked three of the first four batters and a total of four in the inning. Hesselgesser's three-run double was the big blow and Ross added an RBI single.
UPS added single runs in the second and third and then pulled within 8-5 in the fifth on Atteron's two-run single.
Whitworth regained its breathing room with four runs in the sixth. Hesselgesser doubled home Brunner with the first run and Ross drove in two more with a triple to right field.
Atterson, who drove in five runs in the game, slammed a two-run homer to left field in the top of the seventh to score the final two runs for the Loggers.
Ross, like Hesselgesser, was also 3-4 with three RBIs and three runs scored. Atterson finished 3-4 at the plate for UPS.
Gilbert improved to 4-1 by allowing five runs (three earned) on five hits in 5.1 innings. Riley Fritz finished the game for Whitworth, allowing two runs on three hits but picking up her second save of the season.
Van Hess dropped to 1-8 after giving up 12 runs on 11 hits and nine walks. She struck out two Pirates.