Suzuki's first career RBI not enough as Loggers drop two

Photo by Geri Young
Photo by Geri Young

MCMINNVILLE, Oregon – Haley Suzuki earned her first career RBI, but the Loggers dropped a pair of games to Linfield on Saturday afternoon. Puget Sound lost, 3-0, before falling, 9-1.   

Suzuki recorded the lone run batted in for the Loggers (9-22, 3-18 NWC) on Saturday. Kristi Nagamine and Amber Popovich each had three hits on the day.

Linfield 3, Puget Sound 0

The top four Logger hitters each got at least one hit in the first game, led by Amber Popovich, who was 3-for-4. The team had two runners reach base in each of the first and third innings.

The Wildcats took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the third inning. Linfield added two runs in the fourth inning on an RBI triple by Paige Smotherman.

The Loggers had runners on base in each of the final three innings, but were unable to bring around a run.

Jaci Young (3-10) took the loss for the Loggers, throwing 6.0 innings. She gave up three runs (two earned), while striking out five.

Linfield 9, Puget Sound 1 (5 innings)

The Wildcats jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first inning. They added a run in the second inning.

The Loggers got one run back in the third inning. Mckenna Johnson started the inning with a single. After Erica Gott laid down a sacrifice bunt to advance her, Haley Suzuki hit a single to right center field, recording her first career RBI.

Linfield added two runs in both the fourth and fifth innings to earn a 9-1 win.

Erica Gott (5-8) took the loss, allowing four runs in 1.0 innings. Kayla Andrus threw the final 3.1 innings, allowing five runs (four earned) while striking out one.

The Loggers will next play another doubleheader with Linfield on Sunday, April 10. The first game is scheduled to begin at 12 p.m.


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