Bearcats Close Capitol Cup With 11-3 Win Over Corban

SALEM, OR — Geneva Hale drove in three runs and scored three times, leading the Willamette University softball team to an 11-3 win over Corban College Sunday afternoon in the final game of the Capitol Cup Classic at Willamette Field.

In other Capitol Cup action Sunday at Willamette, Eastern Oregon defeated NW Christian 14-1 and NW Christian came back to defeat Corban 8-3.

WILLAMETTE 11, CORBAN 3:

In the Bearcats’ win over Corban, Willamette scored four times in the third inning, then broke the game open with a five-run seventh inning. In the third, Liz Gilgan was hit by a pitch to start a two-out rally. After Gilgan scored second, Hale walked and both came around to score on Molly Barnes double off the left field fence. Lashawna Holcomb singled home Barnes, stole second and scored on Marissa Richards’ double.

Willamette tacked on singles runs in the fourth (on Hale’s bases-loaded walk) and the sixth (on Hale’s long home run to center).

Willamette iced the game in the seventh. Hale doubled home a run, Holcomb doubled in three more and Richards belted another RBI single.

Laura Milne picked up the win, going six innings and allowing seven hits and two earned runs while striking out seven to even her record at 1-1. Casey Jarzombeck-Clark pitched a scoreless seventh.

Willamette heads to Linfield next Saturday for a double-header against the NWC’s defending champs, then hosts the Wildcats in a double-header Sunday.

EASTERN OREGON 14, NW Christian 1:

Heather Tandberg homered in her first two at-bats, Rose Baumann cracked a grand slam and Leanne Foster and Jessica Snyder added two-run shots as Eastern Oregon defeated NW Christian College 14-1 in a Capitol Cup Classic game Sunday afternoon at Willamette field in Salem.

Tanberg led off the game with a home run, then added a two-run shot in the second inning. She finished the game 4-4 with three runs scored and three RBI. Tara Peerenboom also had three hits and an RBI. Foster was 2-4 with three RBI and two runs scored. Bauman was 2-5 with fouor RBI and two runs scored.

Bethany McAllister knocked in the lone NWC run in the bottom of the fifth inning. Stephanie Bauman picked up the win with three hitless innings. Kelly West pitched two innings, allowing one hit and one run. Eastern finished the Capitol Cup 2-2.

NW CHRISTIAN 8, CORBAN 3:

SALEM, OR — Jonni Byrne knocked in the game winning run in the fifth inning, then Northwest Christian tacked on three more insurance runs to take an 8-3 win over Corban College in a Capitol Cup Classic game Sunday afternoon at Willamette Field in Salem.

Kathy Richard reached on a walk and came around to score on Byrne’s RBI single. Lanea Hyland scored again in the inning when she raced home on Jenny Lipp’s ground-out to third.

Richard, Hyland and Byrne all had RBI singles in the sixth to put the game away for NW Christian.

Corban broke on top in the first inning when they scored twice. Caylin Goss scored on a wild pitch and Corban scored again on two hit batters and an error. NW Christian got one back in the bottom of the first on Hyland’s RBI double.

NW Christian took the lead on the fourth on two unearned runs and Corban made it 4-3 on Lindsay Batey’s RBI double, setting the stage for NWC’s late inning rally.

Megan McLearn got the win with a complete game five-hitter. Erin Sailors went the distance for Corban, striking out six, but giving up six earned runs in six innings.

Tournament recap:

OIT 4-0
Pacific 3-1
Concordia 3-1
EOU 2-2
WU 2-2
NWC 1-3
GFU 1-3
Corban 0-4