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Boxer Softball

Team rallies from three game skid with four straight wins, three against conference opponents

Joey Balleweg

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After two strong road trips, Pacific University Softball has kept the momentum rolling into the first weekend of conference play with a four game series sweep of Willamette University.

The Boxers began the weekends double header with a 7-5 victory. Down 4-0 to begin the game, Pacific staged a massive comeback to come away with the win. Sophomore Jill Uyeda led the Boxers in hits with three, while sophomore Hailey Miller led the team with two runs batted in.

Starting pitcher Tiare Guerrero gave up four runs in the first inning, but settled down after with Willamette only scoring one run the rest of the game. After the second inning, Willamette scrounge together just one hit. Freshman Carly Busch recorded the save, pitching two innings of one hit softball.

Going into the night game of the Saturday’s double header, star pitcher Morgan Masters stole the show throwing a no hitter into the last inning where she eventually gave up a homerun as the one hit. Offensively led by triples from junior Katie Macaitis-Smith and sophomore Kiana Kushiyama, the Boxers tallied four runs to take home the game 4-1.   

Sunday’s matchups featured a similar combination with a lot of offense and great pitching. The Boxers took the first game 9-5 led by sophomore Nicole Martinez who had two hits and drove in three runners, while pitcher Morgan Masters picked up her second win of the weekend.

Through great pitching from freshmen Riley Patton and Cheyenne Datan, the Boxers won 7-1 and completed the sweep against Willamette.

This puts Pacific at 4-0 in conference as they travel to Puget Sound University this weekend looking to stay in the winning column. The teams next home game is Saturday, March 16 against Pacific Lutheran University.

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