PARKLAND, Wash. – Whitworth University held onto first place in the Northwest Conference softball standings by splitting at third place Pacific Lutheran on Sunday afternoon, winning 3-0 in the opener but falling 7-1 in the nightcap.
By taking three of four games from the Lutes, the Pirates record standings at 30-6 overall and 21-3 in the NWC. Whitworth is two games ahead of second place Linfield (17-5) in the loss column. The Bucs, who saw their 14-game winning streak come to an end, will finish the regular season with a four game series at Linfield next weekend.
PLU is now 16-13 overall and 13-11 in the NWC.
Game 1 – Whitworth 3, PLU 0
Madi Perez posted her second complete-game shutout of the weekend, tossing a five-hitter to lead the Pirates to a win in the opener.
Perez improved to 18-1 this season after striking out two batters and walking none. She finished the weekend at PLU with no runs allowed in 15.2 innings of work. She earned two wins and one save.
Michelle Silva drove in the first run in the top of the third when her ground ball drove in Kinsey McNaught. The Pirates added two more runs in the fifth. The first scored on Logan Miller's RBI double. McNaught scored her second run of the game on Shannon Wessel's ground out to second base.
PLU left a pair of runners on base in the first and fifth innings before Perez worked out of trouble.
Marissa Miller dropped to 7-8 for PLU after allowing three runs (two earned) on only four hits in her complete-game effort.
Game 2 – PLU 7, Whitworth 1
Kathryn Hatlen, Jessica Wallace and Becca Sorensen each drove in a pair of runs for the Lutes, who avoided the four-game sweep in Sunday's finale.
Leading only 2-0, PLU broke the game open with four runs in the bottom of the fifth. Wallace had a two-run single in the rally and Sorensen added an RBI single one batter later.
Allie Rude drove in Whitworth's only run in the top of the seventh inning with a sacrifice fly.
Elli Rassbach improved to 9-5 for PLU by throwing a five-hit complete game.