by Brandon Loiler, Sports Information Assistant
LA VERNE, Calif. – The Whitworth softball team throttled Chapman 8-0 while allowing only two hits, but fell 10-3 in game two after giving up six runs in the sixth inning.
The Pirates will take a 9-3 record into the first weekend of conference play. Chapman ends opening weekend at .500 (2-2).
Game One: Whitworth 8, Chapman 0
A five run second inning gave the Pirates a comfortable cushion. Allie Rude singled to right center field and scored Rheanne Lewis on the third at bat of the inning with one out. With Rude on third base and Desi Graham on second, Myranda Ramirez hit a two RBI double down the right field line. Kinsey McNaught singled the next at bat, advancing Ramirez to third. Shannon Wessel was walked immediately and Michelle Silva hit a single to left field, allowing Wessel to reach third and scoring McNaught and Ramirez.
The Panthers didn't get a hit until the bottom of the third inning, when Elizabeth Runge singled to second base in the first at bat. But the Pirates took care of the next three to retire the inning.
In the fourth, Whitworth scored two unearned runs on a wild pitch and a single to shortstop. During Wessel's at bat, a wild pitch gave Ramirez and opportunity to steal home and give the Pirates a 6-0 lead. Two at bats later, Tessa Matthews singled to left field, scoring McNaught. The final run of the game came on a single to shortstop by Rude, scoring Wessel.
Whitworth retired the first three batters in the fifth inning to mercy rule Chapman, 8-0.
Rude went 2-3 with a run and two RBIs to lead Whitworth and Ramirez scored twice and had two RBIs on 2-4 hitting. Vanessa Gilles went 1-1 with a walk for half of the Panthers hits in game one.
Through five innings, Madi Perez threw out four batters and allowed only two hits to improve to 6-0. Chapman's Sarah Taketa got her first loss of the season (0-1), giving up nine hits, six earned runs, and recording no strikeouts.
Game Two: Chapman 10, Whitworth 3
Both teams combined for only four hits through the first three innings, but in the top of the fourth, Whitworth took a 3-0 lead. Matthews tripled to right center, bringing in Logan Miller and Silva who were on base after a single and a hit by pitch. Portlock stepped up next and singled to center, scoring Matthews.
Chapman scored their first run of the day after three consecutive walks loaded the bases. Heaven Wong singled down the right field line, scoring Morgan Gallegos to cut the score to 3-1.
The bottom of the fifth inning resulted in three runs for the Panthers. Vanessa Gilles reached on a fielder's choice with Matthews attempting to throw out Sarah Sumida at home. The error resulted in two unearned runs and a tie ball game. Runge scored Gilles on the next at bat with a sacrifice fly to centerfield.
Whitworth attempted to even the 4-3 score back up in the sixth inning, but with the bases loaded and one out, Rude lined into a double play to end the top of the inning. The Panthers exploded for six runs in the bottom. With two on, Sydney Engelhard doubled to right field to score Wong (5-4). Perez came in for Ashley Trueblood, the Pirates fourth pitcher of the game. She faced Sumida who doubled, scoring Samantha Tong and moving Engelhard into scoring position. Michaela Foisy reached on a fielder's choice on her sacrifice bunt, but an error scored Engelhard and Sumida. Gilles singled to right center scoring Verde who was on after a bunt. With only one out and two on, Amber Perez doubled down the right field line scoring Gilles (10-3). A great play by Wessel from center field got the Pirates out of the inning with a catch and throw to home plate to tag out Runge and complete the double play.
In the top of the seventh, Perez singled to third base, but the next three batters would result in outs on a fielder's choice, a strikeout, and an infield fly to second base for the last out of the game.
Madi Perez went 2-3 from the batter's box to lead the Pirates and Tessa Matthew landed two RBIs and a run on 1-3. Six different Panthers contributed RBIs, but Sarah Sumida led the charge 3-4 with a double, one RBI, and crossing home twice.
Ashley Trueblodd gets the loss, giving up three hits and striking out two for Whitworth. Samantha Whalen improves to 1-1 for Chapman. She gave up eight hits and three runs, walking no batters.
Home Opener: Whitworth will open conference with its first home contests of the season, hosting Lewis & Clark on Feb. 25 and 26.