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Pacific softball sweeps Bruins

SOFTBALL: Pacific's pitching stuff shuts down George Fox in a doubleheader sweep

Dominant pitching paved the way for Pacific's doubleheader sweep of George Fox last Friday.

Pacific pitchers combined to allow just two hits in 14 innings Friday, posting 3-0 and 9-0 victories over the Bruins. Freshman Miranda McNealy finished one walk away from a perfect game in the opener, striking out 12 for the victory. In the nightcap, Andrea Bansen held the Bruins to two hits as Pacific (14-6, 6-4) locked up the sweep.

The Boxers were scheduled to play Lewis and Clark on Saturday, but that doubleheader was washed out due to rain. No make up date has been set.

Pacific scored all three of its runs on George Fox errors in Game 1, taking a 1-0 lead in the third when pinch runner Melissa Meads scored on a sacrifice fly. Two more errors in the fifth put runners aboard for Brittany Cuff, and the sophomore belted a two-run double to center field, making it 3-0.

McNealy would do the rest, retiring the final 11 batters she faced. Her only blemish was a one-out walk to Nikki Morrison in the fourth.

Bansen turned in a stellar performance of her own in Game 2, striking out five en route to her third win of the season. The Boxers' bats provided plenty of cushion, as Kristen Croxford opened the game with a solo home run and Kristin Larkins belted a two-run double in the fifth. Larkins would drive in another in the sixth.