New faces start 2014 off well in doubleheader loss

New faces start 2014 off well in doubleheader loss

SALEM, Ore.—Puget Sound got some big hits by some new faces Friday, but the host Bearcats ended up prevailing in both games of a doubleheader by scores of 2-1 and 6-2 in Salem, Ore.

Game 1: Willamette 2, Puget Sound 1 

Puget Sound scored the game's first run in the top of the second. Jenica Holt led the inning off with a single through the left side in her first at bat of the season, having just joined the squad Thursday. Holt advanced to second after a sacrifice bunt by Chelsea Lindroth on the next play. Two batters later, Taylor Jones ripped a base hit in her first at bat of the year to plate Holt, giving the Loggers a 1-0 lead.

The host Bearcats tied it up in the bottom of the fifth. After the first two batters made outs, Miranda Ramirez got the Bearcats going with a triple to center field. She advanced home a couple batters later after an error by Puget Sound shortstop Lisa Colombo

In the seventh inning, Willamette put together three hits to push the game-winning run across the plate.  They loaded the bases for Jenna King, but all she could do is hit the ball right back to Puget Sound pitcher Jaci Young, who tossed the ball to catcher Olivia Turner at home for the force out on the lead runner. Ashley Pender notched a single with the next at bat, however, to take the victory.

The Loggers managed two additional hits during game one, both of them coming from Kristi Nagamine. In the circle Young pitched the best game of her young career, going 6.2 innings while allowing two runs—just one of them earned—while striking out two.

Game 2: Willamette 6, Puget Sound 2

In game two of the doubleheader, the Loggers again scored the first run of the game in the second inning after Holt took home on a single by Megan Campbell. Both Holt and Jones ripped singles to begin the inning, and Colombo moved both of the runners over with a sacrifice bunt in the play before Campbell's RBI.

The Bearcats took the bottom of the third with two runs, and they added at least one in each of the fourth, fifth, and sixth innings. The Loggers managed one more run in the game, again on an RBI single by Campbell to plate Jones in the top of the sixth. After Campbell's hit, Lindroth reached base on an error by the Willamette shortstop, and then both she and Campbell advanced 60 feet on a wild pitch from Bearcats pitcher Makayla Hari. Turner flied out to right field, however, to end the Logger threat.

During the nightcap both Jones and Campbell tallied two hits apiece, and Campbell notched both of the Loggers' RBIs as well. She earned the nod in the circle, allowing four earned runs in six innings of work while striking out six Bearcat batters. 

The Loggers (0-7, 0-7 NWC) continue their first road trip of the season Saturday, March 8 with a doubleheader against Linfield in McMinnville, Ore. First pitch for the first game of that twin bill is slated for 11:00 a.m.