SPOKANE, Wash.—The Puget Sound softball team kicked off a four-game stint in Spokane, Wash., against Whitworth Saturday, playing a doubleheader against the Pirates at Marks Field.
Game One: Whitworth 9, Puget Sound 1 (6 innings)
The host Pirates struck first, scoring two runs in the bottom of the first after the Loggers went down in order to kick off the contest. Puget Sound got one of those runs back in the second inning. With two outs in the frame, Marissa Jeffers reached base via walk, and then Rita McCreesh smacked a double to left field to score Jeffers. McCreesh is the only Logger with multiple doubles on the season and leads the squad with a .542 slugging percentage.
McCreesh later led the fifth inning off with a walk and later stole second base. She reached third after a ground out from Jaci Young, but Lisa Colombo struck out to end the inning and the Puget Sound threat. Whitworth broke the game open with five runs in the bottom of the fifth inning to set the score at 7-1, and the Pirates scored two in the bottom of the sixth to end the game at 9-1 in favor of the home squad.
Puget Sound tallied two hits on the day, McCreesh's double, and a single by Taylor Jones. Megan Campbell got the start in the first contest, allowing nine runs while striking out three batters in 5.1 innings. Whitworth's Madi Perez tallied the win, her eighth of the season.
Game Two: Whitworth 6, Puget Sound 2
The host Pirates again jumped out to a two-run lead in the bottom of the first inning, an advantage they stretched to five runs with three more in the bottom of the third. Puget Sound responded immediately with a score of its own in the top of the fourth inning after Jones led the frame off with a single to left field. She then stole second base, and next McCreesh tallied another run-scoring hit with an infield single. Jones advanced to third on the play and scored after an error by Whitworth pitcher Makayla Lefever.
Whitworth got that run back in the bottom of the fifth inning, but Puget Sound countered with another score in the top of the seventh. Jenica Holt led the inning off with a single then she took second after Jeffers got hit by a pitch. Bailee Larson then drew a walk to load the bases in her first day of collegiate competition, and Colombo brought Holt home with a single up the middle.
The Loggers tallied four hits in game two on Saturday with four different players tallying each hit. Colombo notched the squad's RBI, and Young got the start in the circle, going six innings while allowing six runs and striking out four Pirates.
Puget Sound (0-11, 0-11 NWC) continues its four game series at Whitworth Sunday, March 16 with another doubleheader. Those two games will begin at 12:00 p.m. again at Marks Field in Spokane.