Willamette Uses Big Inning to Defeat Oregon Tech, 8-1

By Sara Brooks, Assistant Athletics Communications Director, (503) 370-6219

SALEM, ORE. -- Willamette University scored seven runs in the third inning to take a commanding lead and went on to defeat visiting Oregon Institute of Technology, 8-1, at the WU Softball Field on Wednesday, March 24. The Bearcats, ranked #18 in the nation in NCAA Division III, upped their record to 15-4. Oregon Tech, which competes in the NAIA, fell to 15-14 on the season.

The game was originally scheduled to be part of a doubleheader, but first pitch was delayed until 4:15 p.m. (PDT) because there were no umpires for the original 2 p.m. start.

As a result, the second game was not played. Instead, the Bearcats and the Owls will play a single game on Thursday, March 25, starting at 11 a.m. (PDT) at the WU Softball Field.

Willamette was led by sophomore pitcher Alex Watilo (Newcastle, CA/Del Oro HS), who threw a complete game for the Bearcats. Watilo allowed just one run and nine hits while striking out three. With the victory, Watilo moved her season record to 5-2.

Taylor Schmidt took the loss in the circle for Oregon Tech. Schmidt allowed five runs and six hits in 2 2/3 innings of work. She is 7-4 for the season.

Willamette used seven runs in the third inning to take control of the game and never looked back. The Bearcats capitalized on three errors made by Oregon Tech in the inning. Willamette smacked four hits during the stanza, including a two-run single by Susie Krewer (So., 2B, Sacramento, CA/Mira Loma HS).

Krewer and Nicole Wallace (Sr., Util., Roseville, CA/Roseville HS) each went 2 for 3. Wallace added a run and one RBI. Freshman Emily Bray (3B, Martinez, CA/Alhambra HS) added a hit, two RBIs and a run. For Oregon Tech, Brittany Cherry was 2 for 3, while Ashleigh Larson and Jess Plummer each went 2 for 4

Following tomorrow's game against Oregon Tech, the Bearcats will resume conference play against Lewis & Clark College on Saturday, March 27. The two teams will play a doubleheader in Portland, Ore., starting at 12 p.m. (PDT).

Willamette University 8
Oregon Institute of Technology 1
WU pitcher Alex Watilo threw a complete game and allowed just one run.

WU pitcher Alex Watilo threw a complete game and allowed just one run.