SALEM, Ore. – Whitworth lost back-to-back softball games for the first time in a month as Willamette's pitching shut down the visiting Pirates in a Northwest Conference doubleheader on Friday afternoon at WU softball field.
The Bearcats won the games 3-1 and 4-1 to improved to 15-8 overall and 14-4 in the NWC. After winning 14 of their last 15 games, the Pirates dropped two in a row to fall to 17-17, 10-12.
The teams will complete the four-game series with another doubleheader on Saturday.
Game 1 – Willamette 3, Whitworth 1
A couple of errors led to two unearned runs for the Bearcats and Willamette pitcher Hayley Glantz held the Pirates to only four hits.
Jessica Barry led off the bottom of the first with a triple and then scored on a wild pitch to get the Bearcats on the board.
After the first two batters were out in the third inning, Barry reached on an error at shortstop. A bunt single by Suzannah Von Trapp allowed Barry to score and Heather Winslow followed with a triple. Both runs in the inning were unearned.
Whitworth got a run back in the fifth when Makenzie Hope got to third base with two outs and scored when a throw to third got away from the defender.
Glantz improved to 5-5 by giving up no earned runs on four hits. She struck out two and walked four batters. Von Trapp and Mica Romero each had two hits to lead the Bearcats at the plate.
Taylor Gilbert (8-2) went the distance for the Pirates, giving up only one earned run on six hits. She struck out one and walked none.
Game 2 – Willamette 4, Whitworth 1
Alex Watilo pitched a complete game, holding the Pirates to four hits.
Willamette scored in the first when the Bearcats executed a double steal with Von Trapp at third and Winslow on first. They added a run in the second on Susie Krewer's first home run of the season.
Willamette added two more insurance runs in the bottom of the sixth. Kelli Snyder had an RBI single and later scored on a wild pitch.
Whitworth had a chance to cut into the lead in the fifth, but left the bases loaded. The Pirates loaded the bases again in the seventh and finally got on the board on Peyton McMahon's sacrifice fly.
Watilo improved to 11-3 after allowing no earned runs. She struck out two and walked none. Snyder and Winslow each went 2-3 at the plate.
Gilbert started the second game as well and fell to 8-3 after allowing four runs on seven hits in 5.1 innings. Riley Fritz finished out the game.