Chamberlain Finds Power Stroke, Helps Boxers Salvage Split

FOREST GROVE – The Pacific softball team finally hit the home field at Sherman/Larkins Stadium for the first time Saturday, splitting a Northwest Conference doubleheader with Willamette.

The Bearcats took advantage of a couple of mental errors in the field to force extra innings, scoring five runs in the top of the eighth to come from behind and defeat the Boxers 12-7 in game one. Pacific came back two slug four extra base hits, ending game two 12-4 by the mercy rule on a two-RBI double by Jordan Mittelsdorf with one out in the bottom of the sixth inning.

The Boxers move to 3-3 in Northwest Conference play and 5-9 overall, while Willamette went to 4-2 and 5-6 with the split.

Chelsey Chamberlain (Sr., Grants Pass, Ore.) started at pitcher in both games for Pacific, earning the win in game two with a no decision in game one. Chamberlain, who came into the day batting .214, had a breakout performance at the plate, socking her second home run of the season in game one and adding an RBI triple in game two, part of a 5 for 8 performance for the day. The triple, which scored Jenna Stevens (So., Medford, Ore.) after a leadoff walk in the second inning, should have been ruled a home run after hitting the top of the wall and ricocheting off a wooden post used to hold up protective netting beyond the left-center field fence. Neither umpire saw the ball clear the wall, but no harm was done, as Chamberlain would trot home after cleanup hitter Lauren Tuey (Sr., Redlands, Calif.) hit a sacrifice fly to center field to give Pacific an 8-1 lead. The Boxers sent 10 batters to the plate in the first inning, scoring six runs, capped by a bases-clearing double by Kaitlin Shikada (Fr., Honolulu, Hawaii).

Willamette would rally for three runs in the fifth inning to close within 9-4, but the Boxers added a run on a Shikada RBI single in the fifth, before Chamberlain's one-out single in the sixth inning started the game-ending rally.

Hayley Glantz went the distance at pitcher in game two for Willamette, allowing eight hits and seven walks with two strikeouts. All 12 Boxer runs were earned. Chamberlain (2-1) struck out two and walked two, allowing five hits and four runs in 4 1/3 innings to earn the win in game two.

In game two, Mittelsdorf and Shikada each drove in four runs with two hits. Chamberlain, Tuey, Billingsley and Becca Moen (Fr., Gresham, Ore.) each scored two runs. Barry went 3 for 4 for Willamette in the loss. Snyder and Yvonne Drabin were each 2 for 2 with a run scored.

The Boxers return to action at McMinnville Sunday, taking on the defending NCAA Division III champion Linfield Wildcats at Del Close Field in a doubleheader that starts at noon.