Softball Splits Doubleheader Against Pacific Lutheran

SALEM, OR- The Willamette University softball team split with Pacific Lutheran Sunday afternoon 7-4 and 0-6. The Bearcats drop to second in the Northwest Conference with an overall record of 18-6 and in conference play they are 16-2. The Lutes finished the weekend 17-11 overall and 10-8 NWC.

The Bearcats started off start strong in the first game, scoring six of their seven runs in the first two innings.

In the bottom of the first inning Willamette compiled three runs on an RBI walk by Lindsey Braun, a sacrifice fly by designated hitter April Greer, and a single by Lauren Anrzejewski.

The Bearcats continued to manufacture runs in the second with a single by third baseman Molly Barnes to bring in catcher Cari Schruth. Greer added two more RBI with the bases loaded, scoring Marianne Ward and Barnes. Willamette up 6-0.

The Lutes rallied back in the third with an RBI single by Andrea Wells and a two run homer by Gretchen Ruecher (2-3, 2 RBI).

Pacific Lutheran attempted to tie the game in the top of the fifth, scoring one run in two hits. Willamette immediately answered back with a Schruth single RBI scoring Anrzejewski, solidifiying the Willamette lead.

For Willamette, Barnes went 3-3, scored two, and one RBI. Greer had three RBI.

Brittany Tachara picked up her eighth win, Dearing with her eleventh save. Tachara gave up six hits over six innings pitched while striking out six and walking four.

In the second game Pacific Lutheran answered back with fire power. They scored six runs on 11 hits after the game was held stalemate in the first three innings.

Designated hitter Lisa Gilbert singled with the bases loaded, scoring Ruecker. Centerfielder Jackie Nuechterlein saw four balls to bring in an RBI.

Willamette picked off the third base runner to hold the Lutes at three runs.

Beth Kenck had a two RBI single in the top of the fifth for Pacific Lutheran extending their lead 4-0. Kenck added another RBI in the top of the seventh rounding out her day going 3 for 4 with 3 RBI.

Gretchen Ruecker also had a great game going 1-1, with a double and three walks. Her on base percentage was crucial for the Lutes as she scored three times.

The highlight for the Willamette Bearcats in the second game was a Greer going 2-3 rounding out a great individual performance on Sunday.

Candace Howard went all seven innings for the Lutes recording the win and bettering her record to 8-4.