RIVERSIDE, California – The Loggers dropped a pair of games to La Sierra (6-3-1) on Sunday. Puget Sound fell 12-1 in five innings in the first game. The team then fell 8-6 in the second game of the double header.
Kayla Andrus led the way with three hits and three RBI. Erica Gott hit her first home run of the year, while Kristi Nagamine and Jessica Gott each recorded two hits on the day for the Loggers (0-4). Haley Gray, Amber Popovich, Jessica Shimoda, and Kasey Stern each got a hit.
La Sierra 12, Puget Sound 1 (5 innings)
The Loggers came out swinging in the first inning. After Erica Gott doubled, she was able to advance to third base on a wild pitch. Kayla Andrus then hit an RBI single into center field to give the visitors a 1-0 lead.
The Golden Eagles got the run back in the bottom of the first inning on an RBI groundout by Monique Loafea Carter. La Sierra would add four more runs in the third inning to take a 5-0 lead. The home team recorded seven runs in the bottom of the fourth inning. When the Loggers could not bring any runs across in the fifth inning, La Sierra took the first game 12-1.
Kayla Andrus (0-1) took the loss for the Loggers. She threw 3.0 innings, allowing eight runs and striking out one. Kasey Stern threw the final 1.0 innings, giving up four runs.
La Sierra 8, Puget Sound 6
For the second day in a row, the Loggers staged a late-inning comeback, which just fell short in the second game of a double header.
La Sierra took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning. The Golden Eagles would add two more runs in the second inning on a triple and RBI groundout, before taking a 4-0 lead in the third inning.
The Golden Eagles increased their lead to 8-0 in the fourth inning when they scored four runs on four hits.
The Loggers got one run back in the top of the fifth inning. Kristi Nagamine started the inning off by doubling to left center field. Jessica Shimoda then came up to bat as a pinch hitter, and drove a double to left field, allowing Nagamine to come around and score. The visitors would chip away again in the sixth inning, scoring one run on an Erica Gott solo home run to bring the score to 8-2.
The Puget Sound bats came alive in the top of the seventh inning. The Loggers brought around four runs on four hits, but the rally came up short, and La Sierra ultimately earned the victory.
Jaci Young (0-2) threw all 6.0 innings, giving up eight runs (six earned) while striking out seven.
The Loggers will next begin their NWC schedule. They travel to Willamette for a pair of double headers Feb. 27-28. The first game is scheduled to begin at 12 p.m. on Saturday.
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