Loggers go to extra innings against Pacific

Loggers go to extra innings against Pacific

TACOMA, Wash.—For the third time in the last four games, the Puget Sound softball team found itself playing extra innings as the Loggers played eight with the Pacific Boxers Tuesday at Logger Softball Field in Tacoma. The Boxers won 6-3, scoring four runs in the top of the eighth for the victory.

Puget Sound broke the scoreless tie in the bottom of the second. Marissa Jeffers started off the inning with a single up the middle and moved over to second on a Chelsea Lindroth groundout. After Jaci Young walked to put two Loggers on base, Taylor Jones singled to left field to score Jeffers, giving the Loggers a 1-0 lead.

Pacific tied the game up on an Emmie Moser flyout, allowing Quirena Natividad to scamper home just before the throw from Logger right fielder, Olivia Turner. The Loggers re-took the lead in the bottom of the frame, however, as Turner led the inning off with a walk and advanced to second on another groundout from Lindroth. Jones tapped a bunt single in front of the Boxer pitcher, Allie Sims. Sims collected the ball cleanly but threw it past the outstretched arms of the Boxer first baseman, allowing Turner to score and Jones to take second.

Neither team scored for the next two innings, and the Boxers were down to their last out with one runner on second base. Emily Tesdale pinch hit for Pacific and doubled to left center, bringing in the tying run. In the bottom of the frame, Jeffers reached second base on a walk and a wild pitch, but she could not go any further and the game went into extra innings.

In the top of the eighth, Pacific scored four runs on four consecutive plays to take the lead. Forced to score four or more in the bottom of the frame, Puget Sound loaded the bases thanks to two singles and a walk, and Jenica Holt brought in one of the necessary runs with a fly out to left field. The Loggers could get no more, however, and they fell 6-3 in extra innings.

Jones continued her hot streak, going 4-for-5 with one run and two RBIs against the Boxers. The senior short stop has tallied hits in 13 of her 15 games played this season and leads the team with a .489 batting average. Nagamine and Holt also had multiple hits Tuesday, as Nagamine tallied two singles and Holt two doubles. In the circle, Young pitched all eight innings, striking out four while allowing six runs, all of which were earned.

For Pacific, four different batters had two hits each, and Moser led the visitors with two RBIs. Sims got the start at pitcher for Pacific, but Sara Aasness tallied the win, going 4.1 innings in relief while allowing one run and striking out three. The Boxers (12-8, 7-7 NWC) next face Northwest Christian in a doubleheader at Eugene, Ore., on Wednesday, March 26.

The Loggers (1-19, 0-14 NWC) remain at home as they host Linfield and Willamette for a pair of weekend doubleheaders. Puget Sound hosts the Wildcats Saturday, March 29 at 12:00 p.m. for two games, then they welcome the Bearcats on Sunday, March 30 for a pair. Both doubleheaders will take place on Logger Softball Field in Tacoma.