TACOMA, Wash. – Madelyn Carlson and Drea Schwaier-Wolf dominated in the circle and Sara Gayer drove in seven runs to lead visiting Whitworth to 10-0 and 15-0 softball victories at Puget Sound on Sunday. Both games ended in five innings and the Pirates completed the four game sweep of a series that was originally scheduled to play at Whitworth but moved west because of unplayable conditions at Diana Marks Field.
The Pirates (16-3 overall, 11-0 NWC) are off to their best start since 2007 and have won 15 straight games. Whitworth has yet to play at home. Puget Sound fell to 2-19, 0-12 in the NWC.
The Bucs will return to non-conference games this week with a Friday doubleheader at NCAA DII Central Washington and (hopefully) a home doubleheader with DePauw (Ind.) on Sunday.
Game 1 – Whitworth 10, Puget Sound 0 (5 innings)
Carlson (7-2) allowed only two hits in her five-inning complete game with four strikeouts and no walks.
Gayer's first RBI of the day was a simple ground out in the first, driving home Kylie Lowery, but it signaled more to come.
The Pirates made it 4-0 in the second with a three-run rally, including an RBI single from Lowery. Lowery added a two-run single in the third as Whitworth increased the lead to 7-0.
Gayer homered in the fourth and added a two-run single in the fifth for her four-RBI game. She finished 2-4 at the plate, while Lowery went 3-3 with three RBIs and two runs.
Game 2 – Whitworth 15, Puget Sound 0 (5 innings)
Michelle Silva broke out of a minor slump with a home run, triple and five RBIs, while Schwaier-Wolf won her NWC-leading ninth game of the season.
Schwaier-Wolf (9-1) allowed only three singles over four innings of work. Rose Meshell threw the final inning of the game.
The Pirates scored runs in every inning off the Loggers' depleted pitching staff, taking a 3-0 lead in the first and a 7-0 margin through two innings.
Silva's home run, a two-run shot, came in the first. She added an RBI triple in the fourth.
Gayer added three more RBIs and went 2-3 at the plate. Lowery also had three more RBIs and batted 2-3.