McMINNVILLE, Ore.—The Puget Sound softball team played both games of a scheduled doubleheader at Linfield Saturday, losing both by matching 9-1 scores at Del Smith Stadium in McMinnville, Ore.
Game 1: Linfield 9, Puget Sound 1 (5 innings)
After a scoreless first inning, the Wildcats broke through in the bottom of the second with five runs on three hits. Linfield scored on each of those hits with Katy Brosig tallying two RBIs on a triple.
The Loggers tallied their run in the top of the fourth when Lisa Colombo ripped a triple to right field with one out. In the next at bat, Rita McCreesh singled to bring home Colombo for her first collegiate RBI. Marissa Jeffers next reach base on an error by the third baseman, but the next two Logger batters made outs to end the rally.
Linfield added on four runs in the bottom of the fourth for a 9-1 advantage. The game ended after the Loggers' half of the fifth when the Loggers managed one hit from leadoff hitter Taylor Jones. Both Jaci Young and Lani Augustine pitched 2.0 innings in the circle with Young drawing the start and taking the loss.
Game 2: Linfield 9, Puget Sound 1 (5 innings)
The hosts scored three in the bottom of the first to take a quick 3-0 lead in game two. That score held until the top of the fourth inning when the Loggers pushed one across to come within two. Colombo reached base on a Linfield error to lead off the frame, and then she moved over to second on a sacrifice bunt by Chelsea Lindroth. The next batter, Jones, tallied a single to plate Colombo for the Logger run.
Linfield scored three runs in both the fourth and fifth innings, however, to win the game 9-1. All three of their runs in the fifth came on back-to-back singles by Brosig and Ashley Garcia, who brought home the game's final two runs.
Colombo went 1-for-2 with a run scored in game two while Jones also tallied one hit in two at bats with an RBI for the Loggers. Lindroth notched the Logger's other hit in game two. Megan Campbell threw all 4.1 innings for the Loggers while suffering the loss.
Puget Sound (0-9, 0-9 NWC) will continue its long road trip with a four-game series at Whitworth Saturday, March 15 and Sunday, March 16. Both days will feature doubleheaders that start at 12:00 p.m. in Spokane, Wash.