March 31, 2009

Courtesy of Pacific Athletics

FOREST GROVE - It was Jenna Scribner's (Fr., Forest Grove, Ore.) first and second home runs of the season, but it was the fact that they came in the same inning that landed the freshman in the record book to highlight Pacific's sweep of Lewis & Clark in Northwest Conference softball action at Sherman/Larkins Stadium.

Scribner hit a three-run homer in the fourth inning of the second game, and then proceeded to follow it up with a grand slam in the Boxers' 19-0 rout of the Pioneers.  She becomes only the fifth player in NCAA Division III history to hit two home runs in the same inning.

Scribner's record blasts capped a 10-run inning for the Boxers (16-6, 7-3 NWC), backing up a combined two-hit effort by three Pacific pitchers.  The Boxers also won the opener behind a two-hit shutout by Lauren Tuey (Fr., Redlands, Calif.), blanking the Pioneers 8-0.

The opener remained scoreless until the third inning when Kristen Croxford (Sr., Klamath Falls, Ore.) hit a two-run triple to right field later scored on a single by Brooke Fogwell (Jr., Beaverton, Ore.). Carrie Maerz (So., Newberg, Ore.) scored in the fourth on a wild pitch, which was followed by a two-run single by Croxford.  Pacific closed it out in the fifth when Maerz doubled to score Scribner and Brooke Toy (So., Drain, Ore.).

Paige McFeeley took the loss for the Pioneers (1-21, 1-12 NWC), allowing eight runs on 13 hits with three walks and one strikeout.  Stephanie Vanoudenhaegen (So., Cornelius, Ore.), Kelly Nishitomi (Jr., Kaneohe, Hawaii), Croxford and Maerz each had two hits to lead the Boxers.  Jamie Moon had both hits for the Pioneers.

Pacific exploded for a seven-run first inning to open game two, which included a two-run single by Kim Okaneku (Fr., Aiea, Hawaii), a two-run triple by Maerz and a RBI single by Vanoudenhaegen. The Boxers added two in the third on a solo home run by Maerz and a sacrifice fly.

Scribner opened the Boxers' 10-run fourth with her first home run, a three-run shot off the left field screen.  After Vanoudenhaegen and Teri Shigeno (Fr., Meridian, Idaho) scored on an error and Chelsey Chamberlain (Fr., Grants Pass, Ore.) plated on a Fogwell single, Scribner stepped up for her second homer of the frame, a grand slam that sailed over the center field wall.

Scribner went 2 for 4 in the game with three RBI and seven RBI.  Vanoudenhaegen went 3 for with three runs while Chamberlain and Maerz each had two hits.  Miranda McNealy (Jr., Aloha, Ore.) earned the win for the Boxers, allowing two hits with a walk and four strikeouts in three innings.  Kristin Breninger took the loss for Lewis & Clark, allowing five runs, four earned, on three hits and two walks.

The Boxers return to action this weekend, taking to the road for a four-game series at Pacific Lutheran.  The Pioneers will play this weekend at nationally ranked Willamette.