TUCSON, Ariz. – Natalie Evers drove in five runs and Riley Fritz pitched Whitworth to a pair of victories as the Pirates opened up their participation in the Tucson Softball Invitational on Wednesday afternoon at Lincoln Park.
Whitworth improved to 10-14 by defeating North Central (Ill.) 8-1 and Calvin 11-2 in six innings. The Pirates will continue their spring break trip to Tucson with a doubleheader on Thursday against Augsburg.
Whitworth 8, North Central 1
Natalie Evers drove in three runs and Fritz threw 4.2 innings of relief to spark the Pirates to the win.
Evers had a two-run double in Whitworth's three-run second inning. She added a sacrifice fly in the seventh inning.
Fritz improved to 5-9, giving up only three hits. She walked four and struck out three batters.
Whitworth 11, Calvin 2 (6 inn.)
Fritz tossed a complete game while Hesselgesser went 3-4 at the plate with two RBIs and two runs scored.
Fritz pitched six innings and gave up six hits. She struck out seven and didn't walk a Calvin batter while improving to 6-9 with her fourth straight pitching victory.
The Pirates scored three in the second inning for the second straight game, then broke the game open with four runs in the fifth and three more runs in the sixth innings.
Sami Parr added two hits in four at-bats with two RBIs and a run scored. Evers had another good game, going 2-4 with two more RBIs.