TACOMA, Washington – Jaci Young hit her fifth home run of the year, but the Puget Sound softball team fell in a doubleheader to Linfield on Sunday afternoon. The Loggers fell, 15-2, in five innings, before losing 14-1, in five innings.
Young led the way for the Loggers (11-22, 4-18 NWC). The senior recorded two runs batted in, including one on a home run. Jessica Gott (2-for-4) also had an RBI. Jenna Llamas (2-for-5), Erica Gott (2-for-5), Kaitlyn Webster (3-for-5), and Kristi Nagamine all recorded hits on the day.
Linfield 15, Puget Sound 2 (5 innings)
The Wildcats (28-6, 17-5) took a 2-0 lead in the second inning, and added four runs in the third inning. The Loggers got one run back in the bottom of the third inning when Jaci Young blasted her fifth homer of the season. Puget Sound added another run in the fourth inning when Young drew a bases loaded walk to close the gap to 6-2.
In the top of the fifth inning, the Wildcats took control of the game, scoring nine runs on five hits, including three home runs. The Loggers got a runner on base in the bottom of the inning, but were unable to bring anyone around.
Linfield 14, Puget Sound 1 (5 innings)
The visitors jumped on top in the second game, scoring three runs in the top of the first inning. The Loggers responded, scoring a run of their own in the home half of the inning, when Jessica Gott hit a sacrifice fly to score Amber Popovich.
For the second consecutive game, the Wildcats had a big inning to take control of the game. They scored seven runs in the third inning to lead 10-1. Linfield added three runs in the fourth, and one in the fifth inning. Puget Sound again got runners on base in the bottom of the fifth inning, but were unable to bring them around.
Erica Gott (4-8) took the loss in the circle. She gave up 10 runs (four earned) in 2.2 innings pitched. Jessica Gott threw 0.1 innings, allowing two runs. Kasey Stern pitched the final 2.0 innings, giving up two runs.
The Loggers will try to bounce back when they travel to Pacific to play a pair of make-up games. Puget Sound will first take on Lewis & Clark at 4 p.m. in a neutral site game, before playing Pacific, at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, April 11.
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