Softball Drops Two Close Games Against Hayward and Claremont

CLAREMONT, CA- The Willamette softball team battled against Cal-State University Hayward and Claremont, only to fall short 2-1 and 3-2 Wednesday afternoon.

Willamette’s record drops to 9-5 overall and 7-1 in the Northwest Conference. CSU Hayward improves to 10-2 overall, 0-0 in the California Pacific Conference. Claremont-Scripps rise to 7-14 overall and 2-6 in the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC).

In the first game the Pioneers of Hayward used an error to their advantage as they took an early 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first. Both teams held strong for five scoreless innings until the Bearcats tied up the game with a sacrifice hit by junior Kim Boscacci in the top of the seventh.

The Pioneers took the victory in the bottom of the ninth with a shot over the fence by designated hitter Sara Stas.

For the Bearcats, Cari Schruth hit 2-3 while teammate Molly Barnes knocked a double. Boscacci moved runners with two sacrifice hits and earned an RBI.

Stas hit 1-3 with a homerun, 1 RBI, 1 sacrifice, and 2 runs for the Pioneers. Center fielder Amy Sunga hit 1-3 with one sacrifice.

Rachel Duarte of CSU Hayward earned her fourth win. Both teams had only five hits for the game.

The second game against Claremont was much like the first, with the Athenas starting out with a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first.

The Bearcats tied the game with a single by Barnes to move around Schruth in the top of the fourth.

Claremont answered back in the fifth with a shot by shortstop Samantha Pellon, scoring teammate Kirstin Wilson.

The teams rallied back and forth with a game ending run in the bottom of the seventh to give the Athenas a 3-2 victory.
For Willamette Barnes hit 2-2 with 2 RBI and 1 stolen base. Freshman Liz Gilgan went 1-2, 1 run, 1 sacrifice, and 1 stolen base.

For Claremont Wilson hit 2-3 with 2 runs, 1 double, and 1 stolen base. First baseman Kristen Linscott went 1-2 with a double and a stolen base.

Ashley Mitchell picked up the win for the Athenas, allowing only three hits for the game with eight strikeouts.

The Bearcats travel this weekend to Tacoma, WA, for a Friday and Saturday dual against Puget Sound and Pacific Lutheran.