TACOMA, Wash.—The Puget Sound softball team opened up the 2014 season with a doubleheader against George Fox, falling in both games to the Bruins Saturday at Logger Softball Field in Tacoma, Wash.
Game 1: George Fox 10, Puget Sound 1 (5 innings):
The Bruins took an early 2-run lead, capitalizing by a throwing error from Lisa Colombo to score two unearned runs on one hit. The Bruins' Amanda Woods doubled in Kat Hylton to start of the scoring then Kayla Anderson scored another for George Fox on the next play, a ground out to pitcher Jaci Young.
The Loggers responded with one of their own in the bottom half of the inning. After Colombo lined out to center field and Kristi Nagamine grounded out to the pitcher, Young, a freshman from Aiea, Hawaii, stepped up to bat. She then smashed a pitch to left center field for a homer in her first collegiate at bat, bringing the score to 2-1.
In the fifth inning, however, the Bruins extended their lead, scoring five additional runs. They batted around, tallying four hits, one walk, and reaching on two throwing errors. Anderson brought in three of those runs herself, putting a pitch from Young over the center field fence for three runs batted in.
George Fox added two more runs in the third and one more in the fourth to take a 10-1 lead. Puget Sound was able to get a base runner in each of the second, third, and fourth innings, but they couldn't get that runner past second base to threaten another run.
Young took the loss in game one, pitching 3.0 innings and allowing eight runs, only one of which was earned. She struck out four batters in her debut in the circle. Lani Augustine took over at pitcher for the final two innings, allowing two runs – both of which were earned – on four hits. George Fox starter Erin Hento got the win for the Bruins.
Game 2: George Fox 12, Puget Sound 0 (6 innings)
The second game of the doubleheader was scoreless for the first two innings. Both teams left opportunities in the first as both left two on base in the inning. George Fox broke the deadlock in the third inning, however, scoring three on a homer from Woods then plating one more after another Puget Sound error. They added three more runs in the top of the fourth, two on a homer from Anderson and one form a sacrifice from Baylee Westrick.
The Loggers saw more opportunities to score in both the fourth and fifth innings, leaving two runners in both frames. Freshman Amelia Rice led the Logger part of the fifth inning with a walk and moving over to third on consecutive groundouts from Chelsea Lindroth and Colombo. Nagamine walked to put runners at the corners for Young, but she grounded out to the shortstop to quell the scoring threat.
The Bruins won the game in the sixth, scoring five runs on three hits to take a 12-0 advantage. The Loggers didn't score in the bottom of the sixth and the game ended at 12-0. Megan Campbell took the loss in game two, allowing seven runs, six earned, in four innings of work while striking out one. Alyssa DenDekker threw 5.0 innings of scoreless ball for the Bruins, advancing to 3-0 on the year.
The Loggers (0-2, 0-2 NWC) are back at it again tomorrow as they host Pacific for a conference doubleheader. First pitch for game one of that doubleheader is scheduled for 12:00 p.m., again at Logger Softball Field in Tacoma.