Puget Sound wraps up home slate with cross-town rivalry

Puget Sound wraps up home slate with cross-town rivalry

TACOMA, Wash.— The sun was out at Logger Field Saturday, celebrating Senior Day with the rest of the Puget Sound squad during a doubleheader with cross-town rival Pacific Lutheran. The team honored its three seniors playing their last collegiate home games as Jenica Holt, Taylor Jones, and Chelsea Lindroth were all celebrated with a pre-game ceremony, each accompanied by their family and friends. The visiting Lutes won both games of the doubleheader. 

Game 1: Pacific Lutheran 10, Puget Sound 7

Pacific Lutheran took an early lead in the top of the first inning. Leadoff batter Spencer Sherwin hit a single to right field and was later brought home on a single by Katie Lowery. A double later in the inning brought in two more runs for the Lutes to bring the score to 3-0. The guests added another run in the top of the second and two more runs in the top of the fifth for a 6-0 advantage.  

The Loggers got on the scoreboard with two runs in the bottom of the sixth. Jones reached on a fielder's choice and then advanced to second on a single from Kristi Nagamine. This brought up Lisa Colombo who grounded out to the second baseman, but advanced the runners to second and third. Holt then reached first on a fielding error, and Jones scored. Holt was brought home by the next batter, Megan Campbell, who doubled to left center.

The Lutes responded in the top of the seventh adding four more runs to increase their lead by eight runs.

Puget Sound found success in the batters box in the top of the seventh, producing five hits and drawing two walks. The hits spurred on a furious Logger rally that produced five runs and brought the game back to within three at 10-7.  The rally fell just short, however, and the game ended with a 10-7 final.

Campbell hit 3-for-4 with two RBIs while Jones went 2-for-4 in game one, bringing in one RBI. In all, seven Loggers tallied hits in game one.         

Game 2: Pacific Lutheran 8, Puget Sound 1

Pacific Lutheran found the early lead in game two as well, bringing in one run in the top of the first and adding four more in the top of the third. Lindsey Matsunaga hit a single to right field in the third to start a two-out rally for the Lutes and increase their lead to five runs.  

The Lutes added two more runs in the top of the fourth and then had to fend off a threatening Logger offense in the bottom of the frame. Puget Sound got three of their first four batters on base to load the bases for Olivia Turner. Turner then drew a walk from the Lutes' pitcher, Kelsey Robinson, to bring in Holt for the Loggers' first score of the game. Holt's run cut Pacific Lutheran's lead to six.  

The score stood until the top of the seventh when Pacific Lutheran added one more run. They could have added more, but Lindroth closed out the inning on a double play, marking her third double-up of the season. She fielded a ground ball, tagged the runner heading to second, and tossed the ball to Marissa Jeffers at first for the force-out.

Game two ended with a final score of 8-1. Nagamine went 2-for-4 in the contest and Jeffers hit 1-for-2 and reached base via a hit-by-pitch. Turner had the Loggers' RBI.

Puget Sound (2-30, 1-25 NWC) will wrap up the 2014 season Sunday, April 13 by closing out the home-and-home series with Pacific Lutheran. The two teams will play on PLU's field in Parkland, Wash. First pitch for those contests is slated for 12:00 p.m.