TACOMA, Washington – The Puget Sound softball team used the 2017 season to prove that they are a team to be reckoned with in the Northwest Conference. The Loggers started the season 5-4, and ultimately won their final game of the season against rival Pacific Lutheran, while improving on their win total from a year ago.
The Loggers started their season on a six-game road trip to Southern California, splitting doubleheaders against Pomona-Pitzer, Chapman, and Occidental. The team's other big trip of the season was a five-game set in Arizona. Puget Sound was 4-1 in Tucson, defeating Suffolk, Wisconsin-Platteville, Greenville, and Eastern Connecticut State, while getting edged, 5-4, to Augsburg.
Puget Sound made strides in the tough Northwest Conference during 2017. The team opened league play with a loss to Willamette, but rebounded by sweeping a doubleheader against Pacific. The first win came by way of a 5-2 extra inning game. The Loggers also took three of four games from Lewis & Clark, and wrapped up the season with a 3-2 victory over crosstown rival Pacific Lutheran.
The Loggers also improved during 2017 in several categories including wins. After winning 10 games a year ago for the first time since 2011, Puget Sound won 13 games this season. The team's win total is the most since the Loggers won 13 games in 2010.
The team was led by Jessica Gott, who was named to the All-Northwest Conference Honorable Mention Team as a first baseman. The junior was also named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District Team. She led the Loggers throughout the 2017 season in batting average, finishing the year hitting .378. She also led the squad with 27 runs batted in, while clubbing four home runs, good for second on the team. She also recorded 12 doubles and a triple.
Newcomers to Puget Sound also had a big influence on the Loggers. Freshman Jenna Llamas was a consistent force in the middle infield, playing shortstop and second base, and earning All-NWC Honorable Mention as a utility player. She hit .305 on the season, picking up seven RBI. As a speedy slapper, Llamas also hit three doubles and recorded a triple on the year. Fellow freshman Kaitlyn Webster was one of five Loggers to hit a home run this year, led by senior Jaci Young (five).
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