Softball hangs tough at Trinity, falls in 11 innings

Softball hangs tough at Trinity, falls in 11 innings

SAN ANTONIO, Texas—The Puget Sound softball team played its closest contest of the season Wednesday, forcing four extra frames in game two of a doubleheader at Trinity. The Tigers scored in the bottom of the 11th inning to win the nightcap at Trinity Softball Field in San Antonio, Texas. 

Game One: Trinity 9, Puget Sound 1 (5 innings)

The host Tigers scored in the first, third, and fourth innings to take a 9-0 lead heading into the top of the fifth. Trinity's big hits came in the third inning when Hilary Hoffman tallied an RBI triple and in the fourth when Sarah Paller hit a bases-clearing double to score three runs.

The Loggers nearly extended the game in the top of the fifth inning, however. Taylor Jones led off the frame with a double to right center, and Kristi Nagamine reached on a single, moving Jones to third. Megan Campbell flied out to right field on the next play, and Jones was gunned down at home trying to score on the attempted sacrifice. After Jenica Holt walked to put runners on at first and second, Rita McCreesh ripped a double to right field to bring home Nagamine. Lisa Colombo then popped up to short to end the Logger threat and the first game. 

Puget Sound spread around nine hits during the early contest, and three Loggers tallied two hits in the game. Campbell started in the circle for Puget Sound, drawing the loss.

Game Two: Trinity 5, Puget Sound 4 (11 innings)

In the second game of the doubleheader, Puget Sound's bats were hot right out of the gates. The Loggers loaded the bases for Bailee Larson, who tallied her first collegiate RBI with a groundout that plated Nagamine. Colombo followed up with a single that brought Campbell, and two batters later Olivia Turner unleashed a single through the right side to plate Colombo and Holt.

The hosts got one back in the bottom of the first and picked up two more in the bottom of the second. Trinity evened the contest at 4-4 in the fifth with an RBI single from Caitlynn Dykes. Neither team scored in the sixth or the seventh innings, so the Loggers saw their first extra innings game of the season. 

Puget Sound got its first two runners in the eighth with a single from Colombo and Marissa Jeffers reaching on an error. The two moved 60 feet closer to home on a sacrifice bunt by Turner. McCreesh, stepping in for Jaci Young as a pinch hitter, hit a fly ball into right field, but Colombo was gunned down trying to score on the play to end the inning.  The Tigers also left two runners on base in the bottom of the ninth. Two of the first three Tigers to bat in the frame reached, but Young struck out Paller and got Hoffman to foul out to end the frame.

The Loggers got runners in scoring position in both the 10th and 11th innings, but the game was still even at four heading into the bottom of the 11th. After Emily Fleischman singled and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt, Caitlynn Dykes hit the game-winning single through the left side to win it for the home squad.

Both Jones and Colombo tallied three hits apiece for the Loggers in game two, and Turner's two-RBI single paced the squad as well. Young pitched all 10.1 innings for the guests, allowing five runs – four of which were earned – while striking out five batters in her longest collegiate outing.

The Loggers (0-17, 0-13 NWC) have one day of rest in the San Antonio area before moving onto Kerrville, Texas for a doubleheader against Schreiner. Those two contests, the final ones of the Loggers' six-game trip to Texas, will begin at 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. Pacific time on Friday, March 21.