KERRVILLE, Texas—The Puget Sound softball squad got its first win of the 2014 season Friday, prevailing 2-1 over Scheiner in 12 innings during game one of a doubleheader at Mountaineer Field in Kerrville, Texas.
Game One: Puget Sound 2, Schreiner 1 (12 innings)
The Loggers' first win of the 2014 season came in the first game of the doubleheader, a 12-inning affair and the Loggers' longest contest in the last three years. Schreiner held the advantage for the early part of the game as they got five baserunners in the first two innings. In the first, Puget Sound pitcher Jaci Young worked her way out of a jam, getting the Mountaineers to end the inning with the bases juiced. In the bottom of the second she wasn't as lucky as Holly Molenaar scored on a passed ball.
The Loggers tallied their first run of the game in the sixth inning when Taylor Jones led the frame off with a walk. She moved to third base in the next at bat, and Lisa Colombo brought the senior home after ripping an RBI triple to even the game.
Neither team scored in the seventh and the game went into extra innings, Puget Sound's second overtime game in a row. The Loggers had a chance to score in the top of the 11th when Jones led off with a single and Kristi Nagamine reached first on an error, moving Jones to second. Colombo then hit a grounder to Mountaineers' third baseman Stormie Lutz, who made an out on the Loggers' lead runner, Jones, but committed an error on the play which allowed Nagamine to reach third base. Nagamine was stranded on third at the end of the inning, however.
The Puget Sound offense came through with a run in the 12th inning to win the game. Olivia Turner drew a walk in the second at bat of the inning, and she advanced to second on a single from Chelsea Lindroth. Two batters later, Jones stepped up and ripped a single to plate Turner and give the Loggers a 2-1 lead. In the bottom of the frame, Young sat down the side in order, striking out Victoria Alcozer for the third and game-ending out.
Young went all 12.0 innings in the circle, allowing just the unearned run in the second inning and walking only one batter. She struck out nine Mountaineers throughout the day to earn the win, the first of her career. Jones, Colombo, Lindroth, and Jenica Holt each tallied two hits, accounting for the Loggers' eight hits in the game, and both Jones and Colombo tallied an RBI each.
Game Two: Schreiner 5, Puget Sound 2
In game two of the nightcap, the Mountaineers again took an early lead, scoring one run in the bottom of the first. They added three more in the third inning, two of which came from a two-RBI single off the bat of Kelsey Schwind.
Puget Sound responded in the top of the fourth when both Nagamine and Colombo opened the frame with singles. Megan Campbell also ripped a single to advance both runners, and then a single by Marissa Jeffers plated both Nagamine and Colombo to cut the Schreiner lead in half at 4-2.
Schreiner got an insurance run in the bottom of the sixth as Molenaar singled in Jordan Moody to bring the score to 5-2, where it would stay for the rest of the game. The Loggers tallied seven hits in game two with Nagamine and Colombo tallying two each. Jeffers tallied the Loggers two RBIs, and both Nagamine and Colombo scored one run each as well. Campbell got the start in the circle, allowing three earned runs—four runs total—and striking out two in the loss.
The Loggers (1-18, 0-13 NWC) will now fly back to Tacoma and return to Northwest Conference action. They next take the field Tuesday, March 25 for a single game against Pacific at 4:00 p.m. That game is a makeup of a contest washed out by rain on Feb. 23.