Bearcats Split In Doubleheader Against Linfield

SALEM, OR- The Willamette University softball team rallied back in the second game of a doubleheader against Northwest Conference leaders Linfield College, for a 2-1 victory after dropping the first 6-0.

After the weekend, the Bearcats round out their conference record to 18-7, 20-10 overall. The Wildcats are now 23-3 in the NWC and 30-6-1 overall.

Both teams came out strong for the second game, allowing no runs until the fifth inning. Second baseman Jenny Marshall took advantage of a Bearcat error to put the first run on the board for the Wildcats.

Bearcat catcher Cari Schruth (2-4, 2 runs) rallied back with two outs singling and then stealing second. Refusing to sit back Schruth rounded third on a single to left by Marianne Ward, sliding across and tying the game 1-1.

The teams were solid on defense, allowing no runs, and causing the game to go into extra innings.

Freshman pitcher Brittney Tachara entered the game in the eighth, shutting down all three batters. The Bearcats used the momentum as they stepped up to the plate in the bottom of the eighth, winning the game off an RBI single from senior April Greer (pictured above).

Tachara picked up her ninth win for Willamette. Junior Laura Milne, pitched seven innings for the Bearcats, allowing only six hits from 29 batters faced.

Shortstop Amy Hammons and right fielder Kelly Stewart each had two hits for Linfield.

Linfield came out with the bats in the first game with a homerun in the fourth inning by designated hitter Amanda Attleberger (her sixth for the season), to give the Wildcats a 2-0 lead.

Linfield piled on four more runs in the sixth to increase the gap by six. The Wildcats held Willamette to a scoreless game.

Attleberger had two hits, one RBI, and two runs scored. First baseman Stephanie Morgan went 2-for-3 with one RBI. Shelly Steinke and Hammon each had two hits and one run scored.

Senior pitcher Michelle Morris recorded her 18th win for the Wildcats. Morris allowed only five hits out of 30 batters faced.

Both teams look to make up their April 23rd rainout this Tuesday, the times are still to be determined.

April Greer

April Greer