Bearcats (4-0) get 2003 season off on right foot

The Willamette softball team finally opened its season over the weekend, a week after rain cancelled the season opening series with George Fox.

The Bearcats downed Pacific on Saturday, 4-3 and 5-2, then traveled to Portland Sunday to dump Lewis & Clark 4-3 in nine innings and 11-1 in six frames.

In the opener on Saturday, the Bearcats rallied for three runs in the bottom of the seventh to pull out the win. Hayley Boston hit a two-out, two-run double to provide the tying and winning runs.

In the second game against the Boxers, Meredith Runyan went 3 for 3 with an RBI to lead WU.

On Sunday at Lewis & Clark, Darcy Hertel hit a sacrifice fly to right field, scoring Marci Hagen, who led off the inning with a double. The result made a winner out of pitcher Teren Edgecomb, who went the entire nine innings, allowing six hits, one walk and one earned run.

In the nightcap, the Bearcats pounded out 13 hits. Runyan led the way, going 3 for 4 with five RBI and three runs scored. Boston was a perfect 3 for 3 at the plate, with three runs scored.

In the four games combined, Boston went 8 for 10 with four RBI and Runyan went 7 for 11 with six RBI. Four of Boston's eight hits were doubles.

Willamette's pitching was led by Edgecomb, who went 3-0 on the weekend with a 1.65 ERA. She allowed 14 hits and one walk over 16 1/3 innings.