by Andrew Goodwin, Sports Information Assistant
NEWBERG, Ore. – The Whitworth Pirates piled up 16 runs in the first game of their doubleheader with George Fox to win their seventh straight game on Sunday evening. The nightcap was suspended due to darkness and will be continued later.
Game 1: Whitworth 16, George Fox 5
After only scoring four runs in Saturday's doubleheader, George Fox crossed the plate five times in Sunday's opening game. Whitworth still managed to outslug the Bruins, however, and picked up their seventh straight win.
The two teams traded three-run home runs in the first inning, with Sara Gayer putting Whitworth ahead 3-0 before Roni Braun knotted the score at 3 with a deep fly of her own.
The Bruins took their first lead of the series the following inning when Claire Fountain went yard in the second inning. Michelle Silva re-tied the game in the following frame with a single to center field that scored Kinsey McNaught.
McNaught gave Whitworth the lead back in the fourth inning, singling to center field to drive in Kaylie Lowery and Desi Graham. After the Bruins cut the lead to 6-5 with another solo home run, the Bucs re-extended the lead to four with a double from Lowery and single from McNaught in the following frame. The RBI was McNaught's tenth of the series.
Leading 9-5, the Bucs put the game away with a seven-run sixth inning. McNaught and Silva did most of the damage once again with a two-run triple from McNaught followed by Silva's two-run moonshot that gave Whitworth a 16-5 advantage.
Drea Schwaier-Wolf worked around the three home runs to earn the win in the circle. The freshman struck out five Bruins and walked three. All five runs Schwaier-Wolf allowed were earned.
Game 2: Whitworth 8, George Fox 8 (Suspended – Darkness)
The Pirates and Bruins battled in game two before it was suspended in the ninth inning due to darkness. The game will be finished at a later date still to be determined.
The Bruins took the early lead when Alyssa Gonzalez knocked a two-RBI double into right-center field. Aaliyah Kautz followed with a single to third base that extended the advantage to 3-0.
Whitworth responded with eight unanswered runs over the following four innings to take an 8-3 advantage. Maddy Thomas led the Pirate bats with a pair of home runs, a solo shot in the second inning and a two-run blast in the fifth.
Despite facing a five-run deficit, George Fox refused to go away. The Bruins cut the lead to four when Kimi Ito hit a solo home run in the fifth inning and made a four-run comeback in the seventh inning to knot the game at four and send it to extra innings. Kautz had the key hit in the seventh, a two-run double to right field.
Looking Ahead: The Pirates return to Oregon to take on Willamette on March 9-10.