Thursday, April 12, 2012

Softball plays contrasting games against Willamette, wins both

By Justin Buchanan, Sports Editor

The no.5 Pacific Lutheran softball team played two vastly different games Tuesday, but managed to walk away with two more wins, 1-0 and 8-0 respectively.

Game one was a pitcher’s duel between Pacific Lutheran’s senior Stacey Hagensen against Willamette’s Alex Watilo.

This was no normal duel as both pitchers faced off for 11 innings.

Both pitchers gave up scattered hits throughout the game.

However, the defenses supported both pitchers managing to keep the scores at zeros. Catcher junior Katie Lowery managed to make two tags at home.

Hagensen wasn’t dominant but still managed to get the shut-out win to move her record to 16-5. She gave up nine hits, walking none and striking out five.

Hagensen ended the scoreless drought in the bottom of the 11th with an infield single. With two outs left, infielder sophomore Lindsey Matsunaga hit a fly ball to left field to allow Hagensen to cross the plate.

In the second game the Lutes managed to score eight runs on the Bearcats.

Outfielder junior Montessa Califano went 3-3 with two doubles and a single and infielder Haley Harshaw hit her second homer of the season.

Pitcher junior Kaaren Hatlen had another stellar performance, only giving up two hits and four walks but fanning five over six innings.

The Lutes now boast a 20-4 NWC record and a 30-10 record overall.