Whitworth Baseball and Softball Sunday Results
Baseball Falls to PLU
SPOKANE, Wash – A ninth-inning unearned run was the difference as visiting Pacific Lutheran pulled out a 1-0 win over Whitworth on Sunday afternoon at Merkel Field.
The Lutes took two of three in the Northwest Conference series to improve to 12-5 overall and 7-1 in the NWC. The Pirates dropped to 6-9, 3-3 following the pitchers’ duel that lasted less than two hours.
Collin Nilson scored the winning run in the top of the ninth inning after he led off with a double down the left field line. He scored when Drew Oord’s sacrifice bunt was thrown past first base for an error. Relief pitcher Jason Renner was able to get the next three outs without any more runs scoring, but the damage had been done.
AJ Konopaski threw a perfect ninth inning for his eighth save of the season. He came on in relief of Derrick Mahlum, the PLU starting pitcher who allowed only two hits in eight innings of work. Mahlum, a freshman, improved to 4-1 this season after he struck out six batters and walked three.
Whitworth threatened to score in the second inning when an error and a single put two runners on base with only one out. But Mahlum got the next two Pirates on strikeouts to end the threat.
The Bucs also had potential go-ahead runs on in the sixth, seventh and eighth innings. But each of those frames ended with a ground ball double play.
Whitworth starting pitcher Spencer Ansett matched Mahlum zero for zero. Ansett went 7.2 innings and scattered six hits. He struck out three and walked one batter, but came away with a no-decision. Renner (0-1) was the hard-luck losing pitcher after giving up one unearned run and one hit over the final 1.1 innings.
Whitworth returns to action next weekend with a three-game Northwest Conference series at defending national champion Linfield.
Softball Sweeps Puget Sound
SPOKANE, Wash. – The Whitworth University softball team used hot batting and strong pitching to complete the Northwest Conference sweep with a pair of shutout victories over Puget Sound at Marks Field on Sunday.
Whitworth improves to 18-6 on the season, with an 11-3 NWC record. Puget Sound falls to 0-13 overall, with an 0-13 NWC mark.
Game 1 – Whitworth 8, Puget Sound 0 (5 innings)
After a scoreless first inning, Whitworth opened the second inning with a pair of singles before senior Caylan Haehl tripled to right field, scoring both runners and putting the Pirates in front 2-0.
Sophomore Alyssa Hall singled to left field in the bottom of the third and scored on a double from junior Peyton McMahon. Sophomore Brittany Connor sent McMahon home on a double to center field and stole third. Haehl singled to left field to score Connor and give Whitworth a 5-0 lead.
Sophomore Megan John made it around the bases after being walked and scored the sixth run of the game after a Logger throwing error. Senior Julia Johnson hit a two-run homer to center field to give the Pirates an 8-0 win.
Caylan Haehl was 2-2 with three RBI at the plate. Peyton McMahon and Alyssa Hall were both 3-3 with a pair of runs score each.
Freshman Madi Perez (9-3) earned the win, allowing just two hits with four strikeouts in five innings in the circle. Megan Campbell (0-7) took the loss, with seven earned runs on 12 hits with two walks and a strikeout.
Game 2 – Whitworth 19, Puget Sound (5 innings)
The Pirates got things going early in game two as a pair of walks and a pair of singles made it a 2-0 game after just four batters in the first inning. Whitworth used six hits and took advantage of two Logger errors to take a 10-0 lead after the first inning.
Junior pitcher Taylor Gilbert followed a no-hit first inning with a one-hit second inning to keep the score 10-0 going into the bottom of the second. Peyton McMahon led off with a double to center field and pinch runner Brittany Connor scored on a passed ball to extend the lead. Seven Pirate batters put balls in play in the inning, accounting for six runs and pushing the lead to 16-0 through two innings.
After a scoreless third inning, junior Riley Fritz retired the Puget Sound batters in order and kept the shutout intact. Sophomore Lyss Martinez singled to reach first base and scored on a junior Sacha Clow double down the left field line. Sophomore Bailey Kasler became the third Pirate to hit a home run this season, as she hit a two-run homer over the back wall and made it a 19-0 game. Puget Sound was able to get a hit in the top of the fifth, but the Pirate defense collected the third out to claim the win.
Bailey Kasler was 3-3 at the plate, with four RBI and three runs scored. Julia Johnson was 1-2 with three RBI in the game.
Taylor Gilbert (4-2) earned the win in the circle, allowing just two hits and two walks with one strikeout in three innings of work. Riley Fritz came on in relief with one hit and three strikeouts in two innings. Megan Campbell (0-8) took the loss, allowing 10 earned runs on 16 hits with one walk in four innings.
Next up, Whitworth will host Eastern Oregon University in a pair of home non-conference meetings on Wednesday, March 26th.