TACOMA, Washington – The Puget Sound softball team dropped a pair of games to Pacific Lutheran on Senior Day on Sunday afternoon. The Loggers fell, 3-1, in the first game, before losing, 7-6.
Pacific Lutheran 3, Puget Sound 1
PLU jumped on the board first, going up 1-0 in the top of the first inning on a Kathyrn Hatlen RBI single. The Lutes would add a run in the fourth inning.
The Loggers cut the lead to 2-1 in the bottom of the fourth inning. Jessica Gott began the inning with a double. Senior Kayla Andrus then came to the plate and hit a single down the left field line, allowing Gott to come around to score.
Pacific Lutheran added an insurance run in the fifth inning to go up 3-1. The Loggers got two runners on base in the seventh inning, but were unable to bring them around, and ultimately fell.
Jaci Young (3-13) took the complete game loss for the Loggers. She allowed three runs (two earned) while striking out three.
Pacific Lutheran 7, Puget Sound 6
The second game began the same, with the Lutes taking a 1-0 lead in the first inning, this time on a solo home run by Nichole Schroeder.
The Loggers took the lead, 2-1, in the second inning, with Erica Gott hitting a two-RBI double down the left field line.
PLU tied the game, 2-2, in the third inning. However, the Loggers took the lead again in the fourth inning, when Haley Gray crushed a home run to center field.
After the Lutes gained a 3-2 lead in the top of the sixth inning, the Loggers put together a big inning of their own. After the bases were loaded with walked batters, Haley Suzuki hit a ball to the second baseman who was not in time when trying to throw home. The following at bat, Jaci Young smoked a single back up the middle, allowing Gray and Erica Gott to come around and score.
In the top of the seventh inning, the bases were loaded with Lutes. Kathryn Hatlen came to the plate and took a pitch over the fence in center field, to give PLU a 7-6 lead. The Loggers were unable to score in the bottom of the seventh inning, and fell.
Kayla Andrus began the game in the circle. She allowing three runs in 5.0 innings, striking out one. Erica Gott (5-10) took the loss, allowing four runs in 2.0 innings.
The Loggers finished the season with 10 wins, which was the most for the program since 2011. Puget Sound graduates just one senior, and so will be poised to improve even more in 2017.
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