Loggers beat Pacific Lutheran in season finale

Loggers beat Pacific Lutheran in season finale

PARKLAND, Wash.—The Puget Sound softball squad tallied a win over Pacific Lutheran in its final game of the season Sunday, beating Pacific Lutheran 5-1 in game two of a doubleheader at PLU Field in Parkland, Wash. With the win, Puget Sound notched its first victory in the cross-town rivalry in four years.  

Game 1: Pacific Lutheran 9, Puget Sound 3

The Lutes took a 2-0 lead in the first inning and added one more in the second, taking a 3-0 advantage into the fourth. They added three more in the frame, scoring on three hits, including an RBI double by Matsunaga and an RBI single by Lowery. 

Puget Sound battled back in the second, getting on the scoreboard with a pair of runs. Jaci Young led the frame off with a single, moving to second on a Jenica Holt ground out. Bailee Larson moved Young to third, taking second on the play, and Chelsea Lindroth brought the freshman in with a grounder. In the next at bat, Taylor Jones brought in the Loggers' other run when she sent a single back up the middle, plating Larson.

Pacific Lutheran scored three runs themselves in the bottom of the fifth for a 9-2 advantage. Puget Sound got one of those back in the next frame, getting Megan Campbell on second base thanks to a Lute error. She moved over on a groundout by Marissa Jeffers and scored when Young reached first on another error by the home squad. The run put the score at 9-3, where it would remain. 

Game 2: Puget Sound 5, Pacific Lutheran 1

The nightcap of the doubleheader went scoreless through the first two innings. PLU loaded the bases in its half of the first, but Young, who started game two in the circle for the Loggers, got out of the jam by getting Kelsey Robinson to ground out to first base. 

Puget Sound broke the scoreless deadlock in the third with four runs on three hits and two PLU errors. Both Lindroth and Jones reached base to begin the inning, and Lisa Colombo drew a one-out walk to load the bases for Campbell. Campbell hit a ball to the Pacific Lutheran third baseman, who failed to field ball cleanly. The error allowed Jones and Lindroth to score, but Colombo was thrown out on the play. The next two Logger batters reached base to re-load the bases for Jeffers. The junior ripped a double to right field, plating Holt and Campbell and giving the Loggers a 4-0 advantage.

Pacific Lutheran got one of those runs back in the fourth inning when Samantha Pryor homered to center field as the Lutes' leadoff batter. The Loggers countered immediately, however, as Jeffers ripped a two-out single to right field to score Holt and restore the Loggers' lead to four. 

After the Loggers' fifth run, Young held the Lutes to just two hits in the final three innings, striking out two lutes in the frame. Those Ks were her only two of the game, but she didn't let the Lutes string together any hits and lasted all 7.0 innings while allowing just that one run in the fourth to hold on for the win.

Jeffers led the Loggers with three hits in game two, knocking in all three Logger RBIs as well. Holt, a senior, scored twice in her final game as a Logger, and fellow seniors Jones and Lindroth both added a run in their final contest as well. 

With the win, the Loggers beat their cross-town rival for the first time in four years. Before Sunday, the last time Puget Sound had beaten PLU was April 24, 2010 when the Loggers prevailed by a 7-6 score on Logger Field in Tacoma, Wash.

Puget Sound ends the year at 3-31, going 2-26 in Northwest Conference play. They also say goodbye to their three graduating seniors: Holt, Lindroth, and Jones.  The Loggers do, however, return 10 experienced players from the 2014 squad, including a two-player senior class of Jeffers and Olivia Turner.