Willamette Uses Big Inning to Defeat Oregon Tech, 8-1
Second Game Moved to Thursday at 11 a.m. at WU Softball Field
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.
Oregon Tech struggled defensively in the third inning, committing five errors that led to seven Bearcat runs being unearned. Sara Coates drove in Tech’s lone run on an RBI sac fly that plated Ashleigh Larson in the fourth inning.
Larson, Jess Plummer and Brittany Cherry came away with two hits each, while Plummer added a double – the Owls only extra base hit on the day. Coates and Taylor Schmidt added a single apiece.
The game was originally scheduled to be part of a doubleheader, but first pitch was delayed until 4:15 p.m. because there were no umpires for the original 2 p.m. (PDT) 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.
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