Loggers bring home first conference win

Loggers bring home first conference win

TACOMA, Wash.—The Puget Sound softball squad picked up its first Northwest Conference win of the season Sunday, coming back from a three-run deficit in the seventh inning during game one against Willamette at Logger Softball Field in Tacoma, Wash.

Game 1: Puget Sound 7, Willamette 6

The Loggers found their rhythm in game one of Sunday's double header against the Bearcats, grabbing their first conference win. They took the early lead in the bottom of the first after Lisa Colombo brought in Taylor Jones with of a single to right field. Willamette was quick to earn back the run with a series of doubles from Amanda Absher and Erin Norris to bring the game to a 1-1 tie in the top of the second. The score stood until the top of the third when Ashley Pender of Willamette hit a double to right center bringing in two runs to lead 3-1 over Puget Sound. The Loggers wouldn't give up there, as Megan Campbell drove in two runs off of a single to center field to bring the game to a 3-3 tie in the bottom of the third.   

The 3-3 score held to the top of the seventh when the Bearcats grabbed a 6-3 advantage after a series of doubles. Puget Sound got Willamette to strand two runners on base in the top half of the inning.

Chelsea Lindroth and Jones were able to capitalize on a series of defensive errors by the Bearcats in the bottom of the seventh. Kristi Nagamine singled to right field to bring Lindroth home, and advance Jones to third. Colombo then singled up the middle bringing home Jones to shorten the Willamette lead to 6-5. Campbell then evened up the game with an RBI groundout to the pitcher, allowing Nagamine to score. This brought up Marissa Jeffers who singled to right field and brought in the winning run in Colombo to give the Loggers a 7-6 victory over the Bearcats.

Jaci Young pitched a full seven innings with three strikeouts. Colombo went 3-for-4 with two RBIs to lead the Loggers.  

Game 2:  Willamette 8, Puget Sound 2

Puget Sound fell short in game two of the double header. Willamette found an early 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning. The Bearcats then added another run to their lead in the top of the third inning. 

Puget Sound responded in the bottom of the third after Willamette's pitcher Victoria Bradshaw found herself in a pinch and walked in a run with bases loaded. Bradshaw was replaced by Hayley Glantz, who got the Bearcats out of the inning, but not before walking in one more run, bringing the game to a 2-2 tie.

The game was not tied for long, however, as the Bearcats took the lead with three runs in the fourth. They added on one run in each of the remaining innings for a final score of 8-2. 

Freshman Bailee Larson hit a milestone Sunday as she ripped a double to right center in the bottom of the sixth inning for her first career collegiate hit. Larson has been very consistent behind the plate for the Loggers as she's tallied .981 fielding percentage in 13 games so far in 2014. Her fielding mark is the highest on the team.

The Loggers (2-20, 1-15 NWC) next take on the Linfield Wildcats in a double header on Monday, March 31, which was rescheduled from March 29 due to weather. The games will begin at 2:00 p.m. at Logger Field.