Bearcats Split Doubleheader with Pacific

FOREST GROVE, OR — Laura Milne pitched four innings of shut-out ball and Molly Barnes and Cari Schruth both knocked in runs as the Willamette University softball team beat Pacific 4-2 in a split of their Saturday afternoon doubleheader.

The Boxers won the second game, 5-4 to hand the Bearcats their first Northwest Conference loss of the season.

Willamette (6-3, 5-1 NWC) opened scoring in game one when Schruth scored on a fielder’s choice. The Bearcats scored two more in the fourth, with both runs scoring on a passed ball, and plated their last run in the fifth on Shruth’s RBI single that score Lauren Andrzejewski.

Milne got the win, allowing only two hits and four walks while striking out five in her four innings. Brittany Tachara started the game and pitched one inning of hitless ball. Brittany Dearing got the save, allowing two runs in two innings.

In game two, despite three hits and three RBI from Schruth, the Bearcats fell 5-4. The Boxers and Bearcats each scored single runs in the third to start game two before the Boxers broke the game open in the sixth when they scored four runs.

Willamette came back to score three in the top of the seventh, but Pacific hung on for the win.

Tachara took the loss, allowing five runs in five innings. Nikki Smith got the complete game win for Pacific.

The Bearcats play a pair of games at George Fox Sunday afternoon.