Dearing Breaks School Record In The Bearcats' Two Game Sweep Over Pacific

SALEM, OR- Junior pitcher Brittany Dearing broke a school record with her seventh save of the season in Willamette’s two game sweep over Pacific University, 6-5 and 4-0, Saturday afternoon.

Game one featured a seventh-inning, three-run rally to hand the Bearcats the win. In game two, Laura Milne and Dearing (pictured left) combined on a no-hitter to lead the Bearcats to their fourth straight win.

The Bearcats improved their record to 13-5 overall and 11-1 in the Northwest Conference. Willamette remains tied for first in the NWC with Linfield. The Boxers dropped to 7-11 overall and 5-7 NWC.

Pacific jumped out early in the first game, leading the Bearcats 5-0 in the top of the third. But a three-up, three-down inning in the fourth sparked a Bearcat rally.

Freshman Marianne Ward (1-3, 3 runs, 3 stolen bases) started the rally with a single, followed by back-to-back doubles by sophomore Molly Barnes (2-3, 1 run, 1 stolen base) and senior Lindsey Braun (2-2, 2 doubles, 4 RBI). The Bearcats scored two runs in that inning and went on to shut down the Boxers’ offense for the rest of the game.

Still short by two in the bottom of the seventh with two, sophomore Cari Schruth turned on the Bearcat rally. Schruth walked, then moved to third on a Kelsey Stolz single.

Ward reached on an error, scoring Schruth and advancing Stolz to third as the Bearcats pulled within one. Ward drew a throw with a steal to second, scoring Stolz and tying the game 5-5.

The rally continued as Ward stole third and Barnes walked. The nail biter ended with a double by Braun, scoring Ward with the winning run.

Brittney Tachara picked up her fifth win for Willamette. Both Pacific and Willamette had seven hits for the game.

For Pacific, shortstop Kelsey Herstad had a grand slam and a double, hitting 2-3 for the game. Trinity Smith hit 2-4 with one run.

Willamette dominated in the second game, scoring two in the bottom of the fourth and another two in the bottom of the sixth.

Willamette’s solid defense held the Boxers to a scoreless and hitless game.

Laura Milne picked up her fourth win for the Bearcats, while Dearing went in the books for her record-breaking save.

Barnes went 2-3 with two runs and a stolen base. Designated hitter April Greer hit 1-2, bringing in three RBI.

The Bearcats return Sunday to battle George Fox in a doubleheader starting at noon.

Brittany Dearing

Brittany Dearing