Coach Williams becomes all-time win leader at Willamette

SALEM — Damian Williams became the all-time win leader as a Willamette softball coach Wednesday as the Bearcats (13-10, 11-4 NWC) swept a Northwest Conference doubleheader from George Fox (5-21, 2-16), 3-0 and 8-2.

The two victories gave Williams, now in his fifth season at WU, a record of 82-81. The previous win record was held by Dave Just, whose teams went 80-105 from 1991-95.

Williams got the record in the Bearcats’ opener, after pitcher Brittany Dearing (4-2) pitched three-hit ball over 6 1/3 innings. She struck out two and walked none.

Marcie Hagen went 1 for 3 with a run scored and Kim Boscacci had a single, RBI and a pair of stolen bases for Willamette.

In the second game, the Bearcats scored a single run in the first, third and fifth innings, before GFU closed the gap to 3-2 with a pair of runs in the top of the sixth. But Willamette put the game away in the bottom of the sixth, scoring five runs on three hits, two walks, a hit batsmen and an error.

Hagen was 2 for 2 with a pair of stolen bases before leaving the game after taking a batted ball off the knee. Winning pitcher Teren Edgecomb (6-6) allowed six hits but no walks over seven innings and struck out five Bruins. She helped her cause with a two-run single in the decisive sixth inning.

George Fox’s Cassie Halvorson went 2 for 2 with an RBI and Anna Carkin was 2 for 3 with a run scored.

Williams is a native of Sacramento and coached at Shoreline Community College (1995-98) in Seattle prior to coming to Willamette in 1999.