Tachara's Two-Hitter Leads Bearcats Past Claremont and a Split Of Sunday's Doubleheader

CLAREMONT, CA - Brittany Tachara fired a 2-hit shutout to lead the Willamette University softball team to a 5-0 win over Claremont Sunday as the two teams split a doubleheader at Athena Field.
Claremont won the first game 8-0.

Tachara, in her second start of the weekend, struck out seven and walked two while allowing only two hits in the sixth inning. After giving up a double and a single to lead off the inning, Tachara came back and preserved the shutout by getting the next three batters.

Meanwhile, the Bearcat bats erupted for four runs in the fourth inning to give Willamette its first win on its spring break road trip.

Marissa Richards led off with a single and went to second on Brittany Dearing's base hit. Marianne Ward reached on an error to load the bases before Liz Gilgan singled home the Bearcat's first run.

Molly Barnes walked in the second run before Geneva Hale doubled home two more and the Bearcats were coasting.

Richards and Dearing also sparked a two-out rally for the Bearcats final run when they both singled in the top of the seventh. This time it was Bailey Harris who got the RBI hit to make it 5-0 and Tachara finished off the win with a perfect seventh inning.

In the first game against Claremont, the Bearcats could only manage hits from Gilgan, Richards and Ward as they were shut out 8-0.

The Bearcats continue their California swing Monday with a pair of games against Redlands and Tuesday with an afternoon tilt against Cal Lutheran.

The Bearcats host PLU and UPS in doubleheaders next Saturday and Sunday as they resume conference play.