by Andrew Goodwin, Sports Information Assistant
FOREST GROVE, Ore. – The Pacific (Ore.) Boxers took advantage of seven Whitworth errors in two games to sweep the Pirates in Friday's Northwest Conference softball doubleheader.
Whitworth fell to 21-15 overall and 14-10 in the NWC, while the Boxers rose to 23-13 overall and 14-12 in conference play. The two teams are currently battling for third place in the Northwest Conference and the third seed in the NWC tournament.
Game 1: Pacific (Ore.) 9, Whitworth 7
Pacific took an early lead before having to use a pair of three-run comebacks in the fifth and sixth innings to pick up a win in the first game.
The Boxers used two Whitworth errors to take a 2-0 lead in the second inning. After Montana Vaught reached third thanks to a fielder's choice and a throwing error, Kaitlynn Donaca singled Vaught home for the first run of the game. Then, Jill Uyeda scored on another error while Donaca stole second.
Whitworth did most of its damage in the fourth inning. The Pirates loaded the bases on a pair of walks and a hit batter. After Kaylie Lowery walked in a run and a drop by the catcher allowed another to score, Chelsey Hayes cleared the bases by poking a three-run double down the left field line. The Bucs left the inning with a 6-2 advantage.
The Boxers battled back to tie the game with four unanswered runs in the fourth and fifth innings. In the fourth, a bases loaded walk made the score 6-3. Then, a three-run fifth, keyed by a double from Uyeda tied the game at six entering the sixth inning.
Sara Gayer broke the deadlock in the top of the sixth inning, homering over the left field wall to give Whitworth a 7-6 lead. The Boxers managed another comeback, however, tying the game on a double to right-center field and scoring the game-winning runs on two wild pitches.
Madelyn Carlson was hit with the loss for Whitworth, while Morgan Masters earned the win for Pacific.
Game 2: Pacific (Ore.) 8, Whitworth 1
The Boxers took advantage of three Whitworth errors to overcome an early deficit and earn a sweep.
After falling behind early, Pacific scored eight unanswered runs to pick up the win. The Boxers retook the lead almost immediately, scoring two unearned runs on Haley Kodama's single in the bottom of the second inning.
After adding a run on a sacrifice fly in the third inning, Pacific piled on with three runs in the following frame all coming on the same error. The Boxers added two more runs in the sixth inning to bring the score line out to 8-1.
Erin Shick was credited with the win in a complete game effort. Ashley Trueblood was hit with the loss.
Looking Ahead: The Bucs and Boxers square off in a doubleheader tomorrow. First pitch is at 12:00 p.m.