SPOKANE, Wash.—The Puget Sound softball team wrapped up a four-game series at Whitworth Saturday, losing both games of a doubleheader against the Pirates at Marks Field in Spokane.
Game one: Whitworth 8, Puget Sound 0 (5 innings)
The Loggers put three runners in scoring position during the contest. In the first at bat of the game, Taylor Jones reached base on an error by Whitworth pitcher Madi Perez and advanced to second on the play. In the top of the fourth, Megan Campbell ripped a double to center field, her second of the season, to reach scoring position, and Kristi Nagamine took second after a single to left field and advancing during a Jaci Young strikeout in the fifth inning.
Whitworth scored in three different innings, tallying two in the second frame and three each in the third and the fourth. The Pirates capped off the game with a two-run home run by Julia Johnson in the bottom of the fourth to put the home squad up 8-0.
Puget Sound tallied two hits – Campbell's double and Nagamine's single – off Perez, who ranks among the conference's top 10 in nearly every pitching category. Campbell got the start in the circle for the Loggers, going all four innings in the loss.
Game two: Whitworth 19, Puget Sound 0 (5 innings)
The Loggers tallied three hits in game two of the doubleheader, the first one coming as a single up the middle from Rita McCreesh to lead off the second inning. McCreesh moved over to third base over the next two Logger at bats, but she would come no closer to home as the scoring threat ended on a Logger strikeout.
Puget Sound also put a runner on third base in the top of the third after Olivia Turner drew a walk then moved up 120 feet on a single from Jenica Holt. The visitors' third hit of the game came in the fifth with a double from Jones in the third at bat of the inning.
Whitworth wasted no time on offense as the Pirates scored 10 runs in the bottom of the first inning, taking a commanding lead one frame into the contest. The hosts added six more in the second and three more in the fourth for the 19-0 final score.
The Loggers (0-13, 0-13 NWC) look to bounce back with a six-game visit to Texas. They kick off the spring break trip at Texas Lutheran Tuesday, March 18 with a doubleheader that begins at 11:00 a.m. Pacific time. While in Texas, the Loggers will also play doubleheaders at Trinity and Schreiner. Their next home game is Tuesday, March 25 when they host Pacific for a single game. That game will make up a Feb. 23 rainout between the two clubs.