Schruth Scores Winning Run in 8th As Bearcats Sweep Doubheader from Pacific

FOREST GROVE, OR - Cari Schruth racede home from second on a throwing error in the top of the eighth inning as the Willamette University softball team beat Pacific 1-0 in extra innings and swept a Northwest Conference doubleheader from Pacific Thursday night.

The Bearcats won the second game 6-3 behind three hits and two runs scored from Liz Gilgan and Brittney Tachahara's complete game victory.

In game one, the Bearcats (19-15, 15-9 NWC) capitalized on a pair of Pacific errors in the top of the eighth to break the deadlock and take a 1-0 victory. In game two, Willamette used a four-run third inning to build the
difference in a 6-3 victory.

Hurlers Amy Walters and Nikki Franchi put together a classic pitcher's duel in game one. Walters was perfect through the first 17 batters before Franchi ended it with her single up the middle in the fifth. Through seven innings, both pitchers allowed only two hits each.

Walters had two outs in the eighth when Cari Schruth reached on an error by third baseman Caitlyn Chewning. After Schruth stole second, LaShawna Holcomb hit a soft ground ball to shortstop Kelsey Herstad, whose throw to first was low and allowed Schruth to score from second.

Herstad represented the tying run in the home half of the eighth, reaching when she was hit by a pitch and advanced to second on a passed ball before Franchi coaxed the next two batters into outs for the victory.

Franchi allowed three hits and three walks, striking out six. Walters took the hard-luck loss, allowing the one unearned run on two hits and two walks with seven strikeouts.

Herstad opened up game two by singling in the first and scoring on an error.

In the third, Willamette put their first three batters on base, allowing Marissa Richards to single home Schruth. Barnes followed with a single that scored Gilgan and Holcomb, and Brittany Dearing's groundout plated Richards.

Pacific scored one in the third when Croxford tripled and scored on Walters' single to right. Willamette, then added two more in the fourth on singles by Gilgan and Holcomb. The Boxers' other run came in the sixth when
Chewning scored Amy Fenton's single.

Brittany Tachara earned the win for Willamette, allowing three runs, one earned, on eight hits and two walks with four strikeouts. Andrea Bansen (So., Yamhill, Ore.) took the loss, allowing six runs on seven hits and
three walks, striking out four in 3.1 innings.