Softball Win Streak Hits Lucky 13

Photo courtesy Erin Garcia, ETBU Athletics
Photo courtesy Erin Garcia, ETBU Athletics

TACOMA, Wash. – Whitworth University ran its winning streak to 13 games in a row with a Northwest Conference softball doubleheader sweep at Puget Sound on Saturday afternoon.  The Pirates won the opener 6-3 before pulling away late to win the nightcap 8-0.

Rheanne Lewis drove in four runs to help Whitworth improve to 14-3 overall and 9-0 in the NWC.  The Loggers dropped to 2-17, 0-10.  The teams will conclude the weekend with another doubleheader on Sunday.

The NWC series was originally scheduled for Whitworth's Diana Marks Field, but had to be moved to the Puget Sound campus because of unplayable conditions in Spokane.

Game 1 – Whitworth 6, Puget Sound 3
The Pirates took advantage of nine walks to score six runs on only five hits.

Whitworth scored five runs in the first inning for a quick lead.  Kylie Lowery opened the game with the only hit of the rally, stole second and went to third on a wild pitch.  Two more walks loaded the bases before Madelyn Thomas was hit by a pitch.  Lewis drove in her first run with a fielder's choice and Sara Gayer scored on another wild pitch.  Lewis eventually scored on an error at second base and the final run came home on the inning's fourth wild pitch.

Lewis added an RBI double that drove in Kinsey McNaught in the second inning. 

That was all the offense Whitworth starting pitcher Madelyn Carlson would need.  Carlson improved to 6-2 this season with five innings of one-hit pitching.  She struck out four and walked one.  Kylie Harris tossed the final two innings and allowed three runs on three hits. 

Kaitlyn Webster's RBI single in the seventh got Puget Sound on the board.  Hana DeDuzman added a two-run single.

Noelle Kerr started in the circle for UPS and gave up five runs on four walks and a hit in only one third of an inning.  Maddy Garcia took over in relief and allowed only one run on four hits in 6.2 innings.

Game 2 – Whitworth 8, Puget Sound 0
The Pirates broke the game open in the seventh inning and Drea Schwaier-Wolf threw six shutout innings to lead her team to the doubleheader sweep.

Schwaier-Wolf improved to 8-1 this season after allowing only three hits in six innings.  She struck out four and walked none.  Rose Meshell threw the final inning for the Bucs.

McNaught's ground out with the bases loaded drove in the game's first run in the third inning.  Thomas added her fourth home run of the season in the fourth inning, then added an RBI single in the fifth to cap a two-run rally that increased Whitworth's lead to 4-0.

The Pirates doubled their lead in the top of the seventh.  Lewis drove in two with a double, then scored when Brynn Radke hit her first career home run.

Garcia started the second game for Puget Sound and allowed one run on one hit and three walks in 2.1 innings.  Kelly Sullivan tossed the final 4.2 innings and gave up seven runs (five earned) on eight hits.