Bearcats, Wildcats split in decidedly different fashion

SALEM — Willamette and Linfield split a Northwest Conference softball doubleheader on Sunday at Willamette Field in decidedly different ways.

The visiting Wildcats lashed out 12 hits and took advantage of four Willamette errors to win the opener, 14-0 in five innings. But a pair of Bearcat pitchers yielded just two hits as WU took the nightcap 2-0.

The split put Linfield at 27-11 overall and 21-5 in NWC action, while Willamette moved to 18-16 and 16-10, respectively.

In the first game, Linfield's Shelly Stein created most of the havoc, going 3 for 4 with four RBI and two runs scored. Leann Foster went 2 for 2 with three RBI and two runs.

The decision made a winner out of Michelle Morris (9-3), who gave up just three hits and a walk over five innings. She struck out five.

The second game belonged to Willamette, but not before a nail-biting seventh inning. With two runners on base, Linfield's Molleigh Keenan flied out to center fielder Maria Ortiz, who caught the ball up against the fence in right-center for the final out of the game.

Willamette took a 1-0 lead in the second inning on Darcy Hertel's fifth home run of the season. The Bearcats added an insurance run in the fourth when Anna Byers scored on a wild pitch. Jen Hammond went 2 for 3 for the Bearcats.

Willamette pitchers Nicole Romero (3-1) and Teren Edgecomb combined on the two-hitter. They each allowed a hit, walked two batters and struck out one.