SPOKANE, Wash. – Whitworth University bounced back from a loss in its home opener to split a non-conference softball doubleheader against visiting DePauw University on Monday at Diana Marks Field. DePauw won the opener 5-3 before Whitworth took the nightcap 3-2.
The Pirates (17-4) played their first home games this season after two Northwest Conference series had to be moved because of frozen conditions at Marks Field. Whitworth will return to NWC play this coming weekend with a four-game set at Pacific Lutheran University.
The Tigers (7-3), defending champions of the North Coast Athletics Conference, will continue their tour through the Northwest with a doubleheader at PLU on Tuesday.
Game 1 – DePauw 5, Whitworth 3
The Tigers bounced back from a 2-0 deficit to hand the Pirates their first loss since February 9th, despite three RBIs by Whitworth's Rheanne Lewis.
Lewis sent a two out single to left field in the bottom of the first inning to drive in Kylie Lowery and Kinsey McNaught with the game's first runs.
The score remained 2-0 until DePauw scored three in the top of the fourth. Abey Bass and Becca St. Germain had RBI doubles in the rally. The Tigers added another run in the fifth when Bass drew a bases-loaded walk.
Whitworth pulled within 4-3 in the bottom of the fifth when Lewis drove in her third RBI of the game. But DePauw added an insurance run in the seventh for the final margin.
Cami Henry (4-2) pitched a complete game for the Tigers, allowing three runs on six hits in seven innings. She struck out 11 batters and survived six walks.
Game 2 – Whitworth 3, DePauw 2
Drea Schwaier-Wolf (10-1) won her tenth game of the season and the Pirates held off the Tigers to claim the day's second game.
Whitworth scored a pair of unearned runs in the bottom of the second inning after Michelle Silva reached on an error to start the inning. Silva scored on Morgan Portlock's groundout. Lewis, who had singled earlier in the inning, scored on a fielder's choice off the bat of Carlson.
The Bucs added a third run in the third inning when Sara Gayer singled home Lowery.
DePauw finally scored in the top of the fifth on Sidney Holler's RBI double. The Tigers made the Pirates sweat out the ninth after Alyssa Nowak's two-out RBI single got the visitors within a run. But Schaier-Wolf got Kate Geary to fly out to right field to end the game.
Schwaier-Wolf allowed two runs on seven hits with four strikeouts and two walks. She is the first pitcher in the NWC with ten wins this season.
Mac Jones started in the circle for DePauw and fell to 2-1. She allowed three runs (two earned) on only four hits in four innings.