by Jake Bilyeu, Sports Information Student Writer
SPOKANE, Wash. – The Pacific Lutheran softball team finished their weekend road trip against Whitworth with two close losses. The Lutes had the lead against the Pirates late in both games, but were unable to capitalize and pull off the victory.
The losses dropped the Lutes' conference record to 11-13, a record that they'll look to improve in the final weekend of the regular season against the University of Puget Sound.
Whitworth kicked off the scoring for the day with a sacrifice fly in the first to give the Pirates an early 1-0 lead. The Lutes responded immediately, as Jessica Wallace sent the tying run in on a ground out to 3rd.
Whitworth scored a run again in the fourth on a single down the right field line, but the Lutes fought back again as well. Nichole Schroeder homered in the top of the fifth to give the Lutes the 3-2 lead.
Whitworth was ultimately able to prevail in the seventh, though. A bases-loaded single brought two runs in for the Pirates, giving them the 4-3 win.
Whitworth jumped ahead early in the second game. A five run inning followed by an additional run in the third gave the Pirates a big lead.
The Lutes fired back with five runs of their own in the fourth though. Kelli Crawford, Annalise Campbell, and Becca Sorenson powered the Lutes as they pulled within one run. The Lutes then took the lead in the sixth with a three run homer from Kathryn Hatlen to go up 8-6.
Whitworth finally responded in the bottom of the sixth with a single that drove in three runs. The Pirates were then able to hold off the Lutes in the seventh to prevail.
ON TAP FOR THE LUTES...
The Lutes will face UPS for two doubleheaders next weekend, hosting them on Saturday and then facing them on the road on Sunday.