Lutes Wrap Up Softball Season With Split
SALEM, Ore. - Pacific Lutheran wrapped up its 2010 softball season on Monday afternoon by splitting a Northwest Conference doubleheader with the Willamette Bearcats. The hosts won the opener, 4-0, before the Lutes took the nightcap, 6-5.
Pacific Lutheran finished the season 23-15 overall and 17-11 in the NWC, while the Bearcats improved their record to 28-12 overall and 20-8 in the NWC. As the second-place finisher in the Northwest Conference, Willamette hopes to receive an at-large bid to NCAA Division III postseason play.
In the first game, Willamette pitcher Alex Watilo threw a two-hitter to lead the Bearcats to the shutout win. She allowed a double to Haley Harshaw leading off the third inning and a single to Caitlin Brown leading off the fourth. Harshaw reached third on a sacrifice and Brown stole second, but both runners were left in scoring position. In improving her record to 10-4, Watilo walked two and struck out one.
In the second game, Pacific Lutheran built a 6-3 lead entering the bottom of the seventh and then had to hang on as Willamette scored two runs and left the bases loaded despite going hitless in the inning.
Willamette scored a run in the bottom of the first, but the Lutes scored four times with two outs in the second. Ramona Lorton and Brown had run-scoring singles and Amber Roberts also drove in a run with a double.
Leading 4-3 in the sixth, the Lutes added a run on a RBI groundout by Roberts, and they scored one more in the seventh when Kaaren Hatlen, Montessa Califano and Kaely Cuthill strung together three singles.
That set up the wild seventh inning. The Bearcats benefitted from three walks, two hit batters and a sacrifice fly to score one and still have the bases loaded with two outs. After walking a batter and hitting another, Jackie Martinez recorded a strikeout to end the threat and pick up her second save of the season.
Ramona Lorton was PLU's winning pitcher, allowing five runs on six hits while walking six and fanning two in 6 2/3 innings. She finishes her first collegiate season with an 11-6 record and the most wins on the PLU pitching staff.
PLU collected 11 hits including two each by Stacey Hagensen and Lauren Watson.
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