Rain washes away half of a doubleheader against Pacific

Rain washes away half of a doubleheader against Pacific

TACOMA, Wash.—The Puget Sound softball squad was scheduled to host Northwest Conference rival Pacific for two games Sunday, but the teams only got one completed before rain cancelled the second contest at Logger Field in Tacoma, Wash.

The Boxers won the first game 16-8 in six innings. Pacific scored two in the first inning on a single from Kylee Oshiro, and they added two more in the second to take a 4-0 lead. Puget Sound came right back over the next two innings, however, tying the game at four. Rita McCreesh got things going for the Loggers in the second by doubling to left center. Marissa Jeffers reached base after getting hit by a pitch, then they both moved 60 feet closer after Megan Campbell single. McCreesh scored on a Kristi Nagamine sacrifice fly to right field, and Jeffers touched the plate two batters later thanks to a single from Olivia Turner.

In the third, Puget Sound held Pacific to just one hit and no runs in the top half before tallying two more runs and three more hits in the bottomhalf. Jaci Young reached base on a fielders' choice then moved over to third after McCreesh popped another double. Jeffers grounded out to the shortstop to plate Jeffers and advance McCreesh, and two batters later McCreesh crossed the plate thanks to a single by Nagamine.

Pacific retook the lead in the top of the fourth, however, scoring five runs on four hits. Emmie Moser tagged Campbell for a homer in the inning, scoring the Boxers' final two runs of the frame. The visitors from Forest Grove, Ore., added onto their lead in the fifth, scoring seven runs on six hits. Pacific got another homer in the fifth as well, this one a three-run shot from Ashley Mitchell to put the guests up 16-4.

Puget Sound nearly extended the game in the bottom half of the inning, scoring four to come within eight. McCreesh continued her excellent day at the plate with a single up the middle to start the rally, and Lani Augustine continued it two batters later by drawing a walk. Nagamine then singled to left field to drive in McCreesh again, and two batters later Turner walked to load the bases for the Loggers. Oshiro, the Pacific catcher, then allowed a pitch from Sara Aasness to pass her, and each Logger runner advanced, with Augustine touching the plate to score. Later on in that at bat, Lisa Colombo ripped a single to score Turner and Nagamine for her first two RBIs of the season. The Puget Sound rally halted two batters later, however, as Young popped up to end the game.

Campbell ended up taking the loss, tossing 3.2 innings while allowing nine runs, five of which were earned. Aasness earned the win for Pacific as she came on in relief after the Loggers tied the game in the third inning.

McCreesh went three-for three on the day, tallying two doubles and scoring three runs. Nagamine drove in three RBIs for the Loggers and Colombo tallied two on that fifth-inning base hit. As a team, the Loggers tallied 11 hits, just four below Pacific's 15 base knocks.

Rain started to fall early in game one, but the steady rain near the end of the game wet the field enough to force a cancellation of game two of the doubleheader. There is no word on if that game will be made up or not, so the Loggers (0-2, 0-2 NWC) will next take the field against Lewis & Clark on Saturday, March 1. First pitch for that doubleheader is slated for 12:00 p.m.