Softball Splits Doubleheader With Linfield

SALEM, OR- The Willamette University softball team pulled out all the stops this afternoon, splitting two neck-and-neck ball games against Northwest Conference champion Linfield at the Willamette field. The Bearcats took the first game, winning 4-3. Linfield scored in the seventh inning to win the second 7-6.

The win raised the Wildcats to 31-7-1 overall and 24-4 in the Northwest Conference, solidifying Linfield as 2005 NWC Champions for the second consecutive season. The Bearcats stand alone in second place in the NWC with a 21-11 record, 19-7 in the NWC.

Willamette scored the first run of the game on an RBI single by third baseman Molly Barnes. The Wildcats answered back in the third as left fielder Lisa Smith and designated hitter Amanda Attleberger scored on an Amy Hammons’ double.

Refusing to lose, the Bearcats scored three in the fourth to go ahead 4-2.

Linfield’s second baseman Jenny Marshall (2-4), hit an RBI single in the top of the fifth to give the Wildcats their final run of the game.

Cari Schruth, of Willamette, went 2-for-4 with two runs scored and an RBI. Centerfielder Kelsey Stolz was 2-3.

Brittney Tachara recorded her tenth win for the Bearcats. Tachara allowed only six hits of 32 batters faced.

Willamette carried the momentum into the second game, piling on three runs in the first inning, and held the Wildcats to three scoreless innings.

Kelly Stewart of Linfield singled, starting a contagious six run inning for the Wildcats.

The Bearcats once again battled back in the bottom of the sixth, tying the game 6-6.

An RBI double by Linfied’s centerfielder Shelly Steinke in the seventh gave the Linfield the winning run as the Wilodcats took game two, 7-6.

For the Bearcats, senior Amanda Lindquist (pictured above) had two hits, two RBI and one run scored. Marianne Ward went 2-for-4 with one RBI. Stolz had two hits and one run scored.

Marshall went 3-5 with one run scored for the Wildcats. Steinke had two hits, two RBI, a double, and one run scored.

Shayna Clark pitched her eighth win for Linfield.

The Bearcats will find out later this week if they will be traveling to Pacific Lutheran this weekend to make up the March 26th rainout.

Amanda Lindquist

Amanda Lindquist