Results From Day One of Capitol Cup Softball tournament

SALEM, OR — The Oregon Institute of Technology and Western Baptist College both swept two games each at the Capitol Cup Softball tournament at Willamette University Saturday. Below are recaps of each game.

The tournament continues Sunday at Willamette field and at Bush Park. Games will be played at both fields beginning at 9 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Admission is free

Western Baptist 5, George Fox 2

SALEM, OR — Beth Franke drive in two runs and scored once as Western Baptist College defeated George Fox University, 5-2, in the 2005 Capitol Cup softball tourney at Willamette University Saturday morning. It was Western’s first game of the season.

Rahcel Hiatt pitched five innings of 3-hit ball, giving up two run to get the win. Katrina Kessler pitched two scoreless innings for the save.

George Fox, 1-2, took a 1-0 lead on an RBI single by Hollee Braun to drive in Kim Coleman. Western Baptist tied the game in the bottom of the second. Sabra Gamel tripled to lead off the inning and scored on a single by Mandy Wolf.

Franke got her two RBI in the bottom of the third when she knocked in Sarah Newport, who reached on a walk, and Megan Lamson, who reached on an error. Franke scored later in the inning on a wild pitch.

Western got its final run when Kelly Haws tripled and scored on a wild pitch.

Michelle Roberts took the loss for George Fox, despite pitching six innings and giving up seven hits.

OIT 14, Lewis & Clark 0

SALEM, OR — Bess Fagan was 3-3 with 2 RBI and 3 runs scored as the Oregon Institute of Technology won its season opener, 14-0 in five innings against Lewis & Clark at the Capitol Cup softball tournament at Willamette University Saturday morning.

Laura Delplanche pitched four innings of shutout ball, allowing only two hits, to pick up the victory.

With OIT (1-0) up 2-0 in the third inning, OIT tacked on four runs. Fagen drove in the first when her triple plated Sharlie McAdams (1-2, 3 runs scored). Fagan came home on Holly Byerley’s (1-1, 2 RBI) sacrifice fly. Consecutive hits by Kindel Thompson, Amie Mapes and Brandi Paxton knocked in two more runs and Oit was up 6-0.

Tech tacked on three more runs in the fourth on another sacrifice fly from Byerley and Mapes’ RBI single, then added five more in the fifth.

The Pioneers (0-2) tried twice to rally. In the fthird., a walk and a single by Karyne Sander to break up Dellanche’s no-hit bid, gave the Pioneers first and third with one out. But Deplanche struck ou the next two batters.

In the fourth inning, OIT shortstop Lisa Erwert made a spectacular grab to rob Tiffany Henning of a base hit with two runners on base.

Concordia 5, Willamette 3

Kelly Manion doubled to drive in two runs in a five run third inning as Concordia University defeated the Willamette university softball team 5-3 in the opening game of the Capitol Cup softball tourney at Willamette University Saturday morning.

Molly Barnes had a pair of hits and 2 RBI for the Bearcats, who fall to 0-3 on the season. Kelsey Stolz got the Bearcats on the board when she reached second on an error, then stole third and continued home on another error by Concordia.

But Concordia responded in the third with six hits highlighted by Mannion’s two-run double. Brynn Ludwig, Julie Pitman and Katie Grisham all had RBI hits in the inning.

The Bearcats rallied in their final at-bat. After Elizabeth Gilgan singled and Cari Schruth walked, both advanced on a wild pitch and scored on Barnes’ double. But Concordia pitcher Annele Huckins got a pair of strike-outs and a pop-up to end the game.

OIT 10, George Fox 1

SALEM, OR — Kristin Kinsman knocked in three runs and Lisa Erwert had a pair of triples as the Oregon Institute of Technology rolled past the George Fox Bruins, 10-1, in a Capitol Cup softball tournament game Saturday afternoon to raise their record to 2-0.

Erwert got OIT started when she led off the game with a triple, then scored on a passed ball.

Laura Delplanche knocked in a pair of runs in the third inning, knocking in Sharlie McAdams who had doubled and Bess Fagan, who was hit by a pitch. OIT pushed the lead to 5-0 before George Fox scored its only run of the game in the fourth inning when Lacey Wade knocked in Kim Coleman.

OIT broke the game open with five runs in the top of the sixth, highlighted by Kinsman’s three-run double.

Delplanche pitched her second straight solid game, this time going five inning and giving up a single run. She allowed only four hits and struck out three. Sharlie McAdams pitched a scoreless sixth inning for OIT.

Lacey Wade picked up the loss for George Fox, allowing ten earned runs in her six innings. She had five strikeouts.

Western Baptist 5, Lewis & Clark 4

SALEM, OR — Ashley Bellum hit a three-run home run in the bottom of the fourth inning to lead Western Baptist to a 5-4 come-from-behind win over Lewis and Clark Saturday afternoon in a Capitol Cup softball tourney game at Willamette University.

Kelly Haws led off the decisive fourth inning with a triple. Megan Lamson reached ona bunt single. When Lamson stole second, an errant throw allowed Haws to score. With two out, and her team down one run, Bellum connected on a drive to deep right center, barely beating the throw at home.

Lewis and Clark had taken the lead in the top of the fourth. Janet Freerks walked and stole second before scoring on Elizabeth Murrieta’s single. A walk and an error loaded the bases before relief pitcher Kristin Meeker Roxanne Rittmaster to force in a run. Tiffany Henning’s ground out scored another run and the Pioneers led 3-1, setting the stage for Bellum’s home run.

The Pioneers rallied to score one run in the top of the fifth, but Meeker allowed a run before shortstop SABRA Gamel made a diving catch on a pop-up to seal the win for Western.

Mandy Wolf and Meeker combined on a two-hitter, with Meeker getting the victory in her 1 2/3 innings of pitching.

Northwest Christian 6, Pacific 0

SALEM, OR — Jamie Escobar had a two-run home run and a pair of RBI singles as Northwest Christian College defeated Pacific University in a Capitol Cup softball tournmanet game Saturday at Willamette University.

After giving NCC (1-0) a 2-0 lead in the first with one of her RBI singles, Escobar homered to left center to drive in Kasey Sconce, who had reached on a walk. Sconce also had an RBI single it the first inning.

Jennie Bittle pitched five strong inning for NCC, allowing only two hits and striking out six. Bittle also had two hits and scored a run.

Kelsey Herstad and Katy Garcia had the hits for Pacific (0-1). Andrea Bansen took the loss, pitching a complete game and giving up five earned runs.

Willamette University 3, Northwest Christian 0

SALEM, OR — Laura Milne, Brittany Dearing and Britteny Tachara combined on a four-hit shutout as the Willamette University softball team won its first game of the season, defeating Northwest Christian College 3-0 in a Capitol Cup softball game at Willamette Field Saturday afternoon.

Milne picked up the win with 3 2/3 inning of two-hit ball. Dearing pitched 3 1/3 innings, also allowing two hits. Tachara picked up the save with a scoreless seventh inning.

Willamette scored twice in the second inning when Molly Barnes singled, stole second and went to third on a passed ball. Amanda Lindquist knocked in Barnes with a bunt single. The Bearcats added another run in the second inning when Tara Jackson scored with the RBI going to Marianne Ward.

Cari Schruth singled in a run in the seventh inning, one of her three hits in the game.

Megan McLearn picked up the loss for NWC, allowing three runs in seven innings and striking out four. She also had two hits in the game.

Pacific University 2, Concrodia 1

SALEM, OR — Erin Brookshire singled in the winning run in the top of the sixth inning as Pacific University scored runs in each of the last two innings to take a come-from-behind 2-1 win over Concordia University in a Capitol Cup softball tournament game Saturday at Willamette University.

Ryanne Horton scored the winning run. She led off the final inning with a walk, was sacrificed to second and scored on Brookshire’s hit.

Concordia took the lead in the top of the fifth when Kelly Manion singled home Denise Benedict. Pacific came right back in the bottom of the fifth, scoring its first run on a bases loaded walk to Kelsey Herstad.

Nikki Smith picked up the win for Pacific, allowing seven hits and one run in six innings of work. She also had two strikeouts. Kristin Donahue pitched well for Concordia in the loss, allowing four hits and two runs while striking out six.