Results From Day Two Of The Capitol Cup Softball Tournament: Northwest Christian 5, Lewis and Clark 0

SALEM, OR — Jennifer Bittle pitched a no-hitter and Megan McLearn drove in a pair of runs as Northwest Christian College defeated Lewis and Clark in second day action at the Capitol Cup at Willamette University Sunday morning.

Bittle recorded seven strikeouts in the five-inning game. She walled two and hit one batter.

Northwest Christian scored three times in the second inning. Jamie Escobar led off the inning with a double. Robin McMahon singled and both advanced on a wild pitch. McLearn then drove a single into left to score both runs and give NCC a 2-0 lead. McLean scored later in the inning on a sacrifice fly by Bittle.

McLearn also scored in the fifth inning on a base hit by Kathy Richard.

Janet Freerks took the loss for Lewis and Clark.

CONCORDIA 13, GEORGE FOX 0

Kristin Donahue drove in a pair of early runs and Concordia University erupted for nine runs in the fifth innings as the Cavaliers blanked Lewis and Clark 13-0 in a Capitol Cup game Sunday afternoon at Willamette University.

Donahue doubled in a run in the first, then singled home a run in the third as Concordia jumped out to a 2-0 lead.

Annelle Hockings got the win for Concordia., pitching four innings of three-hit baseball. She worked her way out of a jam in the first inning, striking out two batters with runners on second and third.

Denise Benedict knocked in a pair of unearned runs in the fourth inning, but the real fireworks began in the fifth. Concordia exploded for nine runs on nine hits to close out the game.

Concordia 4, Lewis and Clark 1

SALEM, OR — Concordia University scored four times in the fifth inning to break up a pitcher’s duel as they defeated Lewis and Clark 4-1 in a Capitol Cup softball tournament game at Willamette University Sunday afternoon.

Concordia’s Jessica Johnson and the Pioneer’s Roxanne Rittmaster each threw four scoreless innings to open the game. Lewis and Clark took a 1-0 lead in the top of the fifth when Tiffany Henning drove in Jennifer Badalich who had reached on a walk.

But Concordia came right back in the bottom of the fifth. Katie Grisham doubled to open the inning, then scored on a single by Stacey Bartels. Bartels trotted home on a double by Denise Benedict. Then Brynn Ludwig tripled home the third Concord run. Kelly Mannion’s single plated Ludwig for a 4-1 Concordia lead.

Taryn Scott pitched the final inning to pick up the save.


George Fox 3, Northwest Christian 1

SALEM, OR — George Fox scored twice in the fourth inning to break a 1-1 tie and Kayla Winkler allowed five hits in seven innings as the Bruins defeated Northwest Christian College, 3-1, in a Capitol Cup softball tournament game held Sunday at Willamette University.

The Bruins broke on top in the first inning, scoring an unearned run when Kim Coleman scored on a double steal. She reached third after a walk and an error.

NCC tied the game in the third when Shannon Reed singled , moved to third on a double by Jenni Bittle and scored on Kathy Richard’s ground-out.

The Bruins broke open the game in the fourth. Hollie Braun doubled to lead off the inning and was replaced by pinch-runner Lacey Wade. Wade scored the tie-breaking run on a single by Katie Plumb. Plumb reached second on a throwing error, then came around to score on a pair of ground outs.

Winkler pitched a complete game victory, giving up only one hit in the final three innings. Megan McLearn took the loss for NCC, despite allowing only one earned run in her four innings.

OIT 0, Pacific 0 (8 innings)

SALEM, OR — Laura Delplanche and Andrea Bansen each pitched eight innings of shutout ball as the Oregon Institute of Technology and Pacific University tied 0-0 in a Capitol Cup softball tournament game Sunday morning at Willamette University.

Jensen allowed only two hits, struck out six and gave up no walks to stifle the hot bats of OIT. Delplanche was equally effective, giving up four hits and striking out 8 in her eight innings of work.

The game was called a tie due to time constraints because of the tournament.

Willamette University 3, OIT 2

SALEM, OR — Geneva Hale hit a solo home run off the first pitch thrown to her as the Willamette University softball team scored three runs in the first two innings, then held off the Oregon Institute of Technology to take a 3-2 Capitol Cup victory Sunday morning at Willamette Field.

The Bearcats scored twice in the first inning on a two-run double by Lindsey Braun. Braun drove in Marianne Ward, who had singled and Elizabeth Gilgan who had walked.

The Bearcats made it 3-0 in the second when Hale led off the inning with her first collegiate home run.

OIT scored single runs in the fourth and fifth innings to close the gap, but Bearcat pitchers Gilgan, who allowed two hits and a run in four innings to get the win, and Laura Milne, who allowed one run in her single inning of relief, combined to shut down OIT.

Laura Delplanche took the loss, allowing all three runs in her two innings of work. Sharlie McAdams pitched three scoreless innings in relief for OIT.

Western Baptist 3, Pacific University 3

SALEM, OR — Pacific University scored three runs in the bottom of the last inning to forge a tie with Western Baptist College, 3-3, in a Capitol Cup softball tournament game Sunday afternoon.

Down three runs in their final at-bat, the Boxers took advantage of two WBC errors and a passed ball to push home the tying runs.

Western Baptist had scored single runs in three different innings on RBI hits from Beth Franke, Lindsey Batey and Erica McDonald to open up a 3-0 lead.

Nikki Smith pitched five strong innings for Pacific. WBC Mandy Wolf left the game after 3.2 innings of one-hit ball, only to see Kristin Meeker give up four hits and three runs on her inning of work.

Pacific tied both games it played on Sunday.

Willamette University 7, Western Baptist 5

SALEM, OR — Lindsey Braun homered and Geneva Hale had a key 2-RBI single as the Willamette University softball team scored six runs in the top of the last inning to take a 7-5 victory over Western Baptist College in the final game of the Capitol Cup Sunday afternoon at Willamette Field.

Down 5-1, the Bearcats strung together five hits and a pair f bases-loaded walks to snatch the win from the Warriors. Tara Jackson, Cari Schruth, and Kim Boscacci loaded the bases with base hits. Elizabeth Gilgan knocked in the first run with a single before Molly Barnes and Braun walked to force in two more runs. Then Hale got the game-winning hit with her two-run pinch hit single. Amanda Lindquist knocked in the Bearcats final run of the inning with a sacrifice fly.

The Bearcats other run came in the fourth inning when Braun connected on her first home run of the season to pull the Bearcats to within 3-1. But Baptist scored a pair of runs in the next inning when Kelly Haws homered and Ashley Bellum had an RBI single.

Brittany Dearing picked up the win in relief for the Bearcats. Laura Milne got the save. Mandy Wolf got roughed up in relief for WBC, taking the loss for the Warriors.