Softball to resume series with Willamette on Saturday

Softball to resume series with Willamette on Saturday

TACOMA, Washington – The Puget Sound softball team hosts Willamette this weekend to make-up the conclusion of their rained-out games from last month. The Loggers and Bearcats will play a doubleheader and the conclusion of their currently tied game on Saturday. 

 WHO

 Puget Sound vs. Willamette

 WHEN  

 Saturday, March 25, 12 p.m. (DH) 

 WHERE

 Logger Softball Field | Tacoma, Wash. 

 LIVE

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Puget Sound's last week

The Loggers (10-11, 3-7 NWC) played 11 games in eight games last week. They opened the week splitting with Lewis & Clark in a doubleheader before traveling to Arizona for a five-game swing. The team went 4-1 during the week, taking down Wisconsin-Platteville, Suffolk, Greenville, and Eastern Connecticut State, while being edged by Augsburg.  Puget Sound scored 40 runs through the five games. Last weekend the Loggers traveled to George Fox, losing four games.

The plan

The two teams are currently tied 9-9 at the beginning of the eighth inning. The game, which was started on February 25, was suspended due to lack of daylight. Puget Sound and Willamette will wrap up the suspended game before playing a doubleheader to complete the scheduled four-game series.

Logger leaders

Jessica Gott leads the squad, and is fifth in the Northwest Conference, with a .418 batting average. The junior has seven doubles, a triple, and two home runs, while recording 18 runs batted in. Jenna Llamas (.316), Haley Gray (.304), and Amber Popovich (.302) all hit above .300. Jessica Gott, Erica Gott, Haley Gray, Jaci Young, and Kaitlyn Webster have all hit home runs for the Loggers, while Young and Kirsti Nagamine are second on the squad with 10 RBI. Erica Gott (5-4) has a 4.39 ERA with 28 strikeouts in 51.0 innings. Jaci Young (3-4) has recorded 17 strikeouts in 47.0 innings pitched with a 2.53 earned run average. Jessica Gott (2-2) has thrown 23.2 innings with a 4.44 ERA.

Scouting the Bearcats (4-7, 4-5 NWC)

Willamette University most recently split a four-game series against Pacific Lutheran. The team hits .306 as a team, led by Mallory Asaro (.514). Darian Gibson (.459) and Miki Takara (.400) each hit above .400 as well. Gibson leads the squad with three home runs, while Asaro has two. Jade Smith is 3-4 in the circle for the Bearcats. She has a 4.81 earned run average, while striking out 12 in 27.2 innings pitched.

Student-Athlete of the Week

Jessica Gott earned the NWC Player of the Week for her play against Pacific. She hit .583 in the three games, including a three-run home run in extra innings which proved the difference in the first game of the series. Jaci Young was named the Northwest Conference Pitcher of the Week after throwing 12 scoreless innings, including a complete game shutout, to open the season. 

Under the sun

The Loggers went 4-1 in Arizona last week, scoring 40 runs in five games. This was not the first time the Loggers had success in the hot weather this year. Puget Sound opened the 2017 season with a six-game trip to Southern California. The team split double headers with Pomona-Pitzer, Chapman, and Occidental.

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