PORTLAND, Ore. - A pair of outstanding performances by the Puget Sound Logger pitching staff helped the Loggers earn their first wins of the season, sweeping the Lewis & Clark Pioneers in a Northwest Conference softball doubleheader, 8-6 and 6-3, on Saturday in Portland, Ore.
The Loggers got to business right away in the first inning of the first game as sophomore Megan Janes (Littleton, Colo./Arapahoe) hit a home run and the Loggers scored two more as Puget Sound held a 3-0 lead after one-half inning.
Puget Sound add three more runs in the top of the fourth, taking advantage of a pair of L&C errors as the Loggers pushed their lead to 6-0. Lewis & Clark added two runs in the bottom of the fourth but the Loggers answered back as freshman Brianna Huber (Chico, Calif.) hit a home run in the top of the fifth to push the lead back to 7-2.
L&C managed runs in the bottom of the fifth and sixth, with the Loggers sandwiched in between in the top of the sixth. The Pios tried to post a comeback in the bottom of the seventh but the Loggers shut to door to pick up their first win of the year, 8-6. Junior Auriel Sperberg (Spanaway, Wash./Graham-Kapowsin) struck out eight in five and one-third innings to collect the win.
In the second game, the Pios struck first with a lone run in the bottom of the first and the Loggers weren't able to answer back until the top of the third when they used back-to-back RBI singles from Aryn Grause (Corvallis, Ore./Crescent Valley) and Huber to take a 2-1 lead. L&C tied it up with a solo run in the bottom of the third and then took the lead again on a home run in the bottom of the fifth but the Loggers used a RBI ground-out from Carolyn Moore (Seattle, Wash./Holy Names) to score Erika Hayes (Edmonds, Wash./Edmonds-Woodway) and tie the game at 3-3.
With the game tied heading into the top of the seventh, junior Alex Usher (Carson, Wash./Stevenson) ended the possibility of extra innings with a three-run home run and then Grause finished off the L&C hitters in the bottom of the frame to collect the 6-3 win.
Grause earned her first win of the year, striking out nine L&C batters and walking just one.
The Loggers head down to Newberg, Ore. on Saturday as they will take on George Fox in a pair of NWC games.