SPOKANE, Wash. – Whitworth completed a four-game Northwest Conference softball sweep of Puget Sound by rallying late to win the opener of Sunday's doubleheader and dominating the second game at Diana Marks Field.
The Pirates won the opener 10-9 and the second game 7-2 to improve to 8-14 overall and 6-10 in the NWC. The Loggers dropped to 2-18, 2-12.
Whitworth will take a five-game winning streak into a spring break trip to Arizona this week where the Pirates will play six non-conference games in three days.
Game 1 – Whitworth 10, Puget Sound 9
The Pirates rallied for four runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to stun the Loggers. Jessica Ross drilled a three-run homer to tie the game and Ashlyn Mundo advanced four bases on a pair of UPS errors to score the winning run.
UPS pitcher Joleen Monfiletto helped her own cause in the second with a two-run homer to left center, her first of the season and the first of three that the Loggers would hit in the game.
Trailing 6-3 in the top of the fifth, Puget Sound smoked two home runs to take an 8-6 lead. Amy Schmeckpepper hit a solo shot to get the Loggers within two runs, then Briana Huber drilled a grand slam to give UPS the lead.
The Loggers extended the lead to 9-6 in the sixth when Jenica Holt scored on a wild pitch.
Whitworth's winning rally began with one out in the bottom of the seventh. A single and double put runners at second and third for Ross, who then lined the ball over the left field fence to tie the game. One out later Mundo came on as a pinch hitter. Her fly ball to right field was dropped. As Mundo rounded second base, UPS attempted to throw her out at third and the ball got past the bag allowing Mundo to come all the way around for the winning run.
Ross finished 2-4 with four RBIs to lead the Pirates at the plate. Hesselgesser and Haehl also had two hits and scored two runs each.
Huber finished 2-4 with four RBIs and three runs scored for the Loggers. Elayna Van Hess, who started in center field before she came on to pitch to the final two Pirate batters, added two hits and an RBI.
Taylor Gilbert started in the circle for Whitworth, allowing eight runs on eight hits in 4.1 innings. Riley Fritz tossed most of the final three innings to earn the win in relief after giving up one run on two hits.
Monfiletto pitched 6.1 innings for UPS and allowed nine runs (eight earned) on 12 hits. Van Hess (1-9) was the hard-luck losing pitcher after allowing only the single unearned run.
Game 2 – Whitworth 7, Puget Sound 2
Jamie Brunner hit a three-run homer and Fritz was strong in the circle from the outset, throwing a complete-game six-hitter to earn her second pitching victory of the day.
Neither team scored until the bottom of the third when Brunner's single drove in Sami Parr for an unearned run. Mundo doubled in Whitworth's second run in the bottom of the fourth.
The Pirates broke the game open in the fifth inning with five runs. Sacha Clow doubled in the first run and then Brunner added the big blow – a three run homer over the right field wall. Ross singled in the fifth run of the inning for a 7-0 Pirate lead.
Chrissy Atterson homered to center field in the sixth, her second home run of the series, to get UPS on the score board. Van Hess doubled in the seventh and scored on a sacrifice fly to complete the scoring.
Brunner was 2/3 with four RBIs and a run scored to lead Whitworth, while Hesselbesser went 2-4 with two runs scored.
Van Hess, who was the starting pitcher for UPS, also went 2-3 at the plate. Van Hess dropped to 1-10 after going all six innings and giving up five earned runs on nine hits. She struck out four and walked five batters.
Fritz improved to 4-9 this season after giving up six hits and two runs in her complete-game effort. She struck out two and walked two.