NEWBERG, Ore. - (From GFU Sports Information) Completing the four-game Northwest Conference softball series 24 days late, visiting Whitworth downed George Fox 7-0 behind the pitching of Jessica Mangis and the power of McKenzie Stuby and Heather Hesselgesser Friday afternoon here at Morse Field.
Whitworth had won the first two games of the series 10-0 and 13-5 back on Mar. 27, and George Fox took a 9-8 10-inning win on Mar. 28 before rain forced a postponement of the final game until this weekend. This is the Pirates' last trip of the season to Oregon, as they will be playing Willamette University in a four-game set Saturday and Sunday.
Mangis (10-3) tossed a four-hitter, striking out four and walking none. Shelby Klein had two of the Bruins' hits off her, including a double. Taylor Whitmore (2-15) started and took the loss for the Bruins, allowing seven hits and six runs in 3.2 innings, only two of them earned. She fanned one and walked two before Erin Lee finished up with 3.1 innings of one-hit ball, allowing one run with three strikeouts and a walk.
The Pirates took a 2-0 lead in the second on Stuby's first home run of the season to left center following a two-out infield single by Caty Lieseke.
The visitors scored four unearned runs in the fourth after a two-out dropped fly ball in center opened the floodgates. Lieseke, who had reached second on the error, scored on two wild pitches, Sami Parr lined a two-run single to left, and Kelsey Ayers capped the frame with an RBI double to left center that fell in when the Bruins' outfielders called each other off the ball.
Hesselgesser drove in the final run of the game with a solo shot to right center in the fifth off Lee, her fourth round-tripper of the season.
The Pirates will complete the trip, and the season, with a four-game series at Willamette with doubleheaders on Saturday and Sunday.