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.
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.