Pirate Softball Headed to Forest Grove

Pirate Softball Headed to Forest Grove

SPOKANE, Wash. - Whitworth softball will kick off the first series of a 12-game nine-day stretch against Pacific (Ore.) in a pair of Northwest Conference double-headers on Saturday and Sunday, March 25-26.  

Check the online Whitworth softball schedule for live links to this weekend's games.

Buc Ball: Through the month of March, the Pirates are 7-1 with a four-game sweep of Lewis & Clark coming last weekend (March 19-20). The Pirates won game one 1-0 in extra innings before scoring 28 runs over the next three games in 11-3, 11-9, and 6-4 wins over the Pioneers in Portland, Ore.  

Hitting Spree: In two weekends of conference contests, Madi Perez leads the Pirates with a .522 batting average, recording 12 hits, eight RBIs, and five walks with only one strikeout. For the season, Myranda Ramirez is batting a team-high .438 (28-64) with 28 hits, 12 RBIs, nine walks, and 21 runs. 

Michelle Silva and Shannon Wessel are tied for most home runs with four apiece and Kelsey Down found her first two last weekend on a grand slam and solo shot out of left field. 

The Pirates have combined for 198 hits so far, outhitting opponents by 41 and have a team batting average of .338. 

Perfect Perez: With two more games under her belt, Perez is a perfect 10-0 with a save this season. She has recorded 39 strikeouts and hold a 1.92 ERA through 69.2 total innings and seven complete games. Perez averages 4.16 strikeouts per seven innings and has walked only 19 batters. 

The Opponent: Pacific (Ore.) is currently second-to-last in the NWC at 2-7 (4-15 overall). The Boxers went 1-3 last weekend against #8 Linfield. Pacific lost 8-0 and 7-1 before bouncing back on day two with a 3-1 win. The Wildcats took game four 4-1. Cindy Chan is batting .365 for Pacific at 19-52 and has batted in eight runs. Ashley Martin has a 3-5 record in the circle, recording 23 strikeouts and giving up 62 hits on 208 at bats. Last year in the series, Whitworth took three of four games in addition to a 12-1 win in five innings of game three.  

Third-Straight: In the hunt for a three-peat of a NWC title, the Pirates sit atop the conference at 7-1. Linfield is second at 6-2 and George Fox rounds out the top three at 8-4. After losing a home-weekend because of a harsh abnormal Spokane winter, the Pirates will play only one more NWC series at home. 

Conference Leaders: Michelle Silva leads the conference in stolen bases with 10, has hit four home runs for in a three-way tie for second-most, and has batted in 23 runs for second in that category.  

Perez has the most wins in the conference at 10-0, three games ahead of George Fox pitcher Madison Sorenson. She is also tied for most strikeouts with 39 and has the third-lowest ERA at 1.92, behind Brynn Lio from Linfield at 1.13. 

Shannon Wessel is tied for second with Silva with four home runs. 

Myranda Ramirez has the fourth-highest batting average at .438. Willamette's Mallory Asaro is batting .514. 

The Coach: Assisted by Randy Clark and Bob Castle, head coach Cristal Brown enters her sixth season at the helm of the program. Brown holds a 129-84 record through five seasons. Brown has had 22 players earn All-NWC recognition and 11 honored as All-Region performers. In her consecutive seasons leading the team to Northwest Conference titles (2015 and 2016), Brown and the Pirates have a combined record of 72-31.