Young hits grand slam, Loggers fall on two walk-offs

Credit: Chris Lund
Credit: Chris Lund

PORTLAND, Oregon – The Loggers fell on a pair of walk-offs on Thursday to Lewis & Clark. Puget Sound lost, 3-2, in the first game, before falling, 6-4, in extra innings in the nightcap.  

Jaci Young hit a grand slam for the Loggers (8-17, 2-13 NWC). Amber Popovich recorded two RBI, while seven other Loggers got hits on the day.

Lewis & Clark 3, Puget Sound 2

The Loggers were able to get a runner on in each of the first four innings. In the first inning, Amber Popovich hit a triple, but was ultimately stranded. In the top of the third inning, Kristi Nagamine tried to score from second base on a single by Kayla Andrus, but was tagged out at the plate.

In the bottom of the fourth inning, the Pioneers took a 2-0 lead after an error extended the inning with two outs.

Puget Sound responded in the top of the fifth inning. After someone Jaci Young walked to reach base, Popovich stepped to the plate and hammered a ball to left field for her first home run of the year, a two-run shot, to tie the game.

The two teams remained scoreless until the seventh inning. In the bottom of the inning, Paige Salavea singled, and advanced to third on a base hit by Stephanie Garcia. In the next at bat, pitcher Erica Gott had a pitch get away from her, allowing Salavea to score the walk-off run.  

Jaci Young started the game in the circle for the Loggers. She threw 5.0 innings, giving up two runs (one earned) and striking out three. Erica Gott (4-5) took the loss, allowing one run and striking out one.

Lewis & Clark 6, Puget Sound 4 (9 innings)

The Pioneers scored first in the second game, taking a 1-0 lead on a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the first inning.

The Loggers responded in the next half inning. Erica Gott got things going, singling to center field. Jessica Shimoda and Haley Gray followed up with hits, loading the bases for Jaci Young. The junior went with an outside pitch, driving the ball to right center field for a grand slam, giving Puget Sound a 4-1 lead.

Lewis & Clark got one run back in both the fourth and fifth innings. The Pioneers then tied the game, 4-4 in the sixth inning.

Neither team were able to score in the seventh inning, and the game went into extra innings.

In the bottom of the ninth inning, L&C got a runner on with a single up the middle. Atei Norton then came up to bat and hit a home run to right field, giving the Pioneers a 6-4 win, and a second walk-off on the day.

Erica Gott started the game, throwing 5.0 innings. She gave up three runs (two earned) and struck out one. Kayla Andrus (1-4) took the loss, giving up three runs and striking out two in 3.1 innings of work. 

The Loggers will next host Whitworth in a four-game series this weekend. The first game is scheduled to begin on Saturday, April 2 at 12 p.m.

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