Bearcats sweep Puget Sound to solidify hold on third place

SALEM — The Willamette softball team solidified its hold on third place in the Northwest Conference standings Saturday with a doubleheader sweep over fourth-place Puget Sound. The Bearcats won by scores of 3-0 and 9-1.

Willamette improved to 11-10 on the season and 9-4 in the conference, while Puget Sound fell to 12-11 and 8-8, respectively.

Brittany Dearing (3-2) pitched one-hit ball over six innings in the opener for the Bearcats. She struck out two Loggers and issued no walks. Jen Hammond went 2 for 3 with an RBI to lead the Willamette offense.

In the second game, Willamette outhit UPS 11-3 and the game was shortened to five innings due to the eight-run mercy rule. Bearcat starter Teren Edgecomb (5-6) yielded just three hits and a walk over the five innings and fanned one Logger.

The Bearcats were led in the nightcap by Marcie Hagen, who went 4 for 4 with two runs and two RBI. Hayley Boston went 2 for 4 with four RBI. UPS’ Megan Baxter went 1 for 2 with an RBI.

The Bearcats play host to NWC-leading Pacific Lutheran on Sunday (2 p.m.). The Lutes were 18-1 overall and 13-1 in the NWC prior to their scheduled doubleheader at Linfield on Saturday.