Bearcats Run Win Streak To Eight Games Behind Tachara and Barnes

MCMINNVILLE, OR -Molly Barnes homered in each games, and Brittney Tachara picked up both victories as the Willamette University softball team ran its winning streak to eight games with a pair of wins over the University of Puget Sound Wednesday night. The games were played at Linfield College.

The Bearcats won the opener 9-1 and took a 4-0 victory in the second game as they raised their record to 15-11 overall and 11-5 in the Northwest Conference. UPS falls to 16-14 on the season and 6-12 in the NWC.

After Tachara gave up an unearned run in the top of the first in game one, the Bearcats came back with two runs in the bottom of the first and four in the second before coasting to the 9-1 win.

In the first, LaShawna Holcomb singled and went to third on a double by Marissa Richards. Both came home on another double by Geneva Hale.

Richards drove home the first run in the second inning. Barnes walked in the second run and Brittany Dearing drove home two more with a bases-loaded double.

Barnes homered in the fourth to make it 7-1. Liz Gilgan and Holcomb both drove in runs in the fifth for the final margin.

Tachara went five innings, stroking out eight and allowing only four hits as she picked up her sixth won of the season.

Tachara wasted no time in getting win No. 7 as she pitched 61/3 innings of scoreless ball in game two, striking out eight and allowing three hits to raise her season record to 7-3. Blair Cuny picked up her fifth save of the season, all during the eight-game winning streak.

The Bearcats scored three times in the fifth to give Tachara all the run support she needed. Holcomb reached on a fielder's choice before coming around to score when Richards' fly ball was misplayed by the Logger's center fielder.

Barnes followed with a two run home run to left field and the Bearcats had a 3-0 lead.

Gilgan drove home Marianne Ward in the sixth for the Bearcats' final run.

Willamette hosts league-leading Whitworth Saturday and Sunday at Willamette Field.

Whitworth comes in with a 17-3 NWC record. Currently in fourth place in the NWC, the Bearcats are only two games behind Whitworth and one game behind Linfield and Pacific in the loss column. Both doubleheaders this weekend begin at noon.