TACOMA, Washington – The Gott sisters led a deep senior class during a memorable 2018 Puget Sound softball season. Jessica Gott and Erica Gott both received All-Northwest Conference honors for the second time in their respective careers. However, 2018 marked the first time they earned NWC honors in the same season.
Jessica Gott was named to the All-NWC Second Team this spring. She was an All-NWC Honorable Mention in 2017. Erica Gott earned All-NWC Honorable Mention in 2018, matching her honor from the 2015 season. Jessica Gott's accolades continued well after the season. Graduating with a 3.99 GPA, she was named an Academic All-American by the College Sports Information Directors of America.
During Puget Sound's All-Sports Celebration, Erica Gott received the John Heinrick Award for Leadership and Inspiration. To be certain, the Gotts were not the only graduating seniors to leave their mark on the Logger program.
Amber Popovich played in every game since her sophomore season. In her final year for the Maroon & White, Popovich led the Loggers in runs scored (18) and ranked second on the team in on-base percentage (.412). Haley Gray also made a made a big impression during sophomore season, posting a .349 on-base percentage in all 38 games in 2015. She finished her career with a .340 on-base percentage in 125 games.
The senior class gives way to a talented group of underclassmen. Freshman Mackensie Pearlstein hit leadoff for a majority of the 2018 season, and she finished her rookie campaign with a .302 batting average. Freshman backstop Lia Makamoto played in 32 games, and freshman Noelle Kerr was named the NWC Student-Athlete of the Week after she totaled three RBI, and including the game-winning hit, against Willamette.
Puget Sound finished the 2018 season with two wins in three games. The Loggers pulled off a 6-5 win at crosstown rival Pacific Lutheran (April 15), and then finished the season at home with a 7-6 victory over Willamette.