TUCSON, Arizona – The Puget Sound softball team began its six-game stint in Tucson, Arizona, by grabbing a win against Dubuque and dropping a close contest against Wisconsin-La Crosse on Tuesday afternoon.
Puget Sound 4, Wisconsin-La Crosse 5
Kayla Andrus yielded just two earned runs through seven innings, but Puget Sound's starting pitcher suffered a tough-luck loss as Wisconsin-La Crosse broke a 4-4 tie in the sixth inning to claim a 5-4 win.
The Eagles claimed a 4-0 lead through 2-1/2 innings when the Loggers tied things up in the home half of the third. Andrus led off with a single down the right-field line and moved into scoring position on Amber Popovich's (0-for-1) sac bunt. Following a fly out by Jessica Gott (1-for-4), Haley Gray (2-for-4, R) hit a single to put runners on the corners with two outs.
Gray proceeded to steal second, and Erica Gott (1-for-2, 2 RBI) drove in both runners with a single. Lisa Colombo (1-for-3, R, 2B) followed with a double that put two runners in scoring position for Marissa Jeffers (0-for-3). Jeffers reached base on an error by the Eagles' second baseman, which allowed Gott and Colombo to score.
Puget Sound 6, Dubuque 4
The Loggers scored four runs in the final two innings to overcome a 4-2 deficit and beat Dubuque, 6-4. Lisa Colombo led off the top of the sixth inning with a double, and she later scored when Bailee Larson reached second base on an error by the centerfielder.
Marissa Jeffers also reached base on a Spartan error, this time by the shortstop, which allowed Larson to touch home and even the score, 4-4. Jaci Young (7 IP, 1 ER) kept Dubuque off the board in the bottom of the sixth, and the Loggers rallied for two more runs in the seventh.
Jessica Gott and Young began the frame with consecutive singles, and Erica Gott's sac bunt put runners on second and third with one out. Kayla Andrus' sac fly allowed Jessica Gott to score the go-ahead run, and another error by the shortstop allowed Young to touch home for an insurance run.
The Loggers are off on Wednesday, but continue games in Arizona against Central (IA) at 1:30 p.m. and Denison at 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 19.
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