Softball comes close in game two of Lewis & Clark doubleheader

Softball comes close in game two of Lewis & Clark doubleheader

TACOMA, Wash.—The Puget Sound softball team fell in both games of a Saturday doubleheader against Lewis & Clark, but the Loggers threatened their first win in game two of the doubleheader at Logger Softball Field in Tacoma, Wash.

Game 1: Lewis & Clark 19, Puget Sound 4 (5 innings)

Both teams scored in the first inning, but Lewis & Clark scored one while the Loggers plated four in the bottom of the frame to take a 4-1 lead. The Loggers scored on a two-run home run by Chelsea Lindroth, a Marissa Jeffers single to right field, and a Pioneer fielding error to plate Kristi Nagamine. Lindroth's dinger was her first of the season and the first multi-run homer of the year for the Loggers.

Lewis & Clark took command of the game in the second, however. The guests from Portland scored eight runs on nine hits, capped off by a grand slam by Lindsay Yearman. They'd go on to add runs in each of the remaining three innings to win game one 19-4 in five innings.

Megan Campbell took the loss after pitching all five innings, while the Pioneers' Madison Hollenbeck tallied the win. Yearman went 5-for-5 with six RBIs and three runs in game one to pace the Pioneers. Lindroth's 2 RBIs led the Loggers, and Jaci Young notched two hits to lead the home team in that category.

Game 2: Lewis & Clark 5, Puget Sound 4

Like the first game of the day, the Loggers took a three-run lead after the first inning. Young, starting in the circle for the nightcap, kept the Pioneers scoreless while Puget Sound scored three in the bottom of the inning. Lindroth scored off a single from Nagamine and Young also touched home on the play thanks to a Lewis & Clark error. In the next at bat, Campbell ripped a single into left field to plate Rita McCreesh.

Lewis & Clark scored the next five runs, plating two in the third and one each in the fifth, sixth, and seventh innings, all of which came on Pioneer singles. A base hit from Maddie Lee in the top of the inning gave the visitors a two-run lead, but the Loggers attempted to come back in the bottom of the seventh. After two fly outs for the first two Logger batters in the seventh, Nagamine doubled to center to take second. Campbell brought Nagamine home with a second straight double, but the Puget Sound rally ended when Amelia Rice struck out to end the game.

Both Nagamine and Campbell led the Loggers with two hits each in game two, and both tallied all three Puget Sound RBIs with Nagamine earning one and Campbell getting two. McCreesh got on base twice in that game, once on a hit and twice on a walk. In the circle, Young took the loss after pitching all seven innings, allowing five runs—three of which were earned—and striking out seven. Hollenbeck got the win in game two as well after coming on in the fourth inning, pitching four innings of one-run ball for the victory.

With the losses, Puget Sound falls to 0-5 on the year with that same mark in Northwest Conference play. These two teams will be back at it Sunday, March 2, for another doubleheader. Sunday's doubleheader will now start at 11:00 a.m., an hour earlier than originally schedule, on Logger Softball Field.