Silva Slugs Whitworth to Sweep of Chapman

Silva Slugs Whitworth to Sweep of Chapman

by Andrew Goodwin, Sports Information Assistant 

LA VERNE, Calif. – After totaling just one run in 14 innings on Saturday, the Whitworth offense came to life on Sunday as the Pirates invoked the mercy rule twice in a sweep of Chapman. 

Michelle Silva led the Pirates (3-3), going 5-6 on the day with 4 RBIs and 4 runs. Madelyn Carlson and Drea Schwaier-Wolf held the Panthers (0-2) to just four hits between the two games.

Game 1: Whitworth 8, Chapman 0 (5 innings)

Silva and Kinsey McNaught led the Whitworth offense, which dominated the opening game from its outset.

McNaught set the table for the Pirates, going 3-3 with a walk and 3 runs. Silva drove in 3 runs and went 3-4.

The Bucs jumped on Chapman early. McNaught and Silva each singled in the first inning to set the table for Sara Gayer, who drove in both with a double to center field. Silva did more damage in the following inning, when her triple to left-center drove in McNaught and Kaylie Lowery

Lowery earned an RBI in the third inning, when she walked with the bases loaded to score Morgan Portlock, who earned a base on balls in all three of her plate appearances. McNaught followed Lowery with a single that brought in another run. 

Whitworth activated the mercy rule after Silva drove in her third run of the game with a single in the fifth inning. 

Eight runs were enough to end the game early because Carlson was excellent in the circle. The sophomore tossed five shutout innings, allowing just one hit while striking out three. 

Game 2: Whitworth 8, Chapman 0 (5 innings) 

The break between games couldn't cool down the Pirate offense, and a pair of big innings paved the way to another victory in the nightcap. 

Silva wasted no time driving in her first run of the game. The senior doubled home Kaylie Lowery to open the scoring before Rheanne Lewis drove in Silva with a single up the middle. Lewis was the third Buc to cross home when Portlock reached on a throwing error.

McNaught tacked on the Pirates' fourth run with a double to right-center field in the second inning. The junior also kicked off Whitworth's four-run fourth inning with a double before scoring on a sacrifice bunt. Lewis activated the mercy rule when she stole home for the Pirates' eighth run of the game. 

Schwaier-Wolf allowed three hits and struck out four Panthers to earn the win in the circle. Ayanna Sanchez was hit with the loss after allowing eight runs in four innings of work.

Looking Ahead: Whitworth closes out its California road trip with a trip to Redlands on Monday, February 11.