CLERMONT, Fla. – Whitworth University defeated defending NCAA DIII champion Tufts University for the second straight day, but the Pirates lost to University of St. Thomas in their second game on Sunday.
Whitworth defeated Tufts 7-2 and lost to UST 4-0. The Bucs are 13-4 overall and 4-1 at The Spring Games softball tournament with two more games to play. Whitworth will end its trip to Florida with games against MIT and Williams (Mass.) on Monday morning.
Game 1 – Whitworth 7, Tufts 2
The Jumbos, who returned seven starters from last season's NCAA DIII championship contest, lost consecutive games for the first time since 2011.
Makayla Lefever went the distance in the circle for the Pirates and improved to 8-0 this season. She allowed only a two-run home run in the top of the seventh inning to Cassie Ruscz. Lefever gave up five hits and no walks while striking out three batters in her eighth complete game of the season.
The Bucs added five more runs in the fourth inning, batting around for the second straight day against the three-time defending national champions. Megan John's RBI single scored Michelle Silva. Shannon Wessel came home on a passed ball and John eventually scored on a wild pitch. Chelsey Hayes drove in the final two runs with a single that got through the left side of the infield.
Ramirez finished 2-3 with an RBI, while Hayes led the team with two runs driven-in. Hall and John each scored twice.
Raina Galiati (0-1) started in the circle for Tufts and allowed six runs (five earned) on five hits and three walks with two strikeouts.
The Jumbos defeated Worcester St. 7-0 later on Sunday for their first win of the year, improving to 1-2.
Game 2 – St. Thomas 4, Whitworth 0
The Pirates could get nothing going against UST pitcher Kierstin Anderson-Glass and suffered their first loss on their trip to Florida.
The Tommies broke through with a run off of Whitworth starting pitcher Madi Perez in the second inning on Chase Shortly's RBI double. UST added a run in the third on another RBI double by Micaela Trainor.
The Tommies scored their third run on a passed ball in the sixth, the completed their scoring with Katiejo Delisle's RBI single later in the sixth.
Anderson-Glass earned her second complete-game shutout in as many days, allowing no runs on four hits. Morgan Portlock and Tessa Matthews had doubles for Whitworth, but the Pirates could not string any offense together.
Perez pitched all six innings for the Bucs, falling to 4-4 after allowing four runs on nine hits and three walks with three strikeouts.