NEWBERG, Ore.—The Puget Sound softball squad played its fifth extra-innings game in the last two and a half weeks, taking the George Fox Bruins to nine innings in game two of a doubleheader at Morse Field in Newberg, Ore. The Bruins won 10-0 in the first game of the day, but Puget Sound tied up game two in the sixth inning to force extra frames before falling 6-5 in nine innings.
Game One: George Fox 10, Puget Sound 0 (5 innings)
Puget Sound fell 10-0 in the first game of the day. George Fox took an early lead with five runs on four hits and two Logger errors in the first inning. The Bruins loaded the bases with the game's first three batters, and all three of those runners scored in the frame.
George Fox added three runs in the third inning on a three-run home run from Kat Hylton, and they finished off with two runs in the bottom of the fourth as well.
The Loggers tallied two hits in the fifth inning with Bailee Larson leading off the frame with a single to right field. She moved to third base when Jaci Young ripped a double to center field, but they were stranded in scoring position to end the game. Puget Sound tallied four hits in game one. Megan Campbell got the start in the circle, throwing all 4.0 innings and striking out three in the loss.
Game Two: George Fox 6, Puget Sound 5 (9 innings)
George Fox again loaded the bases with the first three batters in game two Sunday, but Young, the Logger pitcher, got out of the inning by getting a foul out, a pop up, and a strike out from three straight Bruins. After Young escaped the first inning without allowing a run, both teams continued the scoreless stretch until the fifth inning.
Puget Sound got four runs across the plate in the fifth. Olivia Turner tallied the game's first RBI with a single to center field that brought home Marissa Jeffers. In the next at bat, Young brought in three RBIs with a home run to left field, plating Chelsea Lindroth, Turner, and herself. The blast was Young's second of the year and the Loggers' third overall. Young's other home run also came against the Bruins, she smashed a pitch from Erin Hento over the wall in her first collegiate at bat Feb. 22.
In the bottom of the frame, George Fox responded to the Loggers' offensive outburst with one of its own. The Bruins tallied five runs on five hits in the frame. Kayla Anderson tallied the biggest hit of the frame, bringing in two runs on a double to right center. Baylee Westrick also tallied an RBI double in the frame, doubling down the left field line.
The Loggers evened up the game in the sixth inning with a second home run, this time a bomb off the bat of Lisa Colombo. The homer was Colombo's first of her collegiate career and tied the game at six. They put two runners on in the seventh inning, but Hento got the Bruins out of the jam and the game went into extra innings.
Taylor Jones doubled in the ninth inning to give the visitors a runner in scoring position with one out, but she was stranded there when the next two Loggers made outs. The Bruins didn't miss out on their ninth-inning chance, however, as Anderson scored on a game-winning single by Courtney Howard.
The Loggers tallied 10 hits during game two, with eight players tallying at least one. Both Jones and Jeffers tallied two hits apiece, and Young's fifth inning blast gave her the game lead with three RBIs. The freshman pitched all 8.0 innings for Puget Sound, allowing six runs but striking out six batters as well.
Kelsey Hansen brought in two RBIs on two hits for the Bruins in game two. In the circle, Hento tallied the win after coming on in relief, pitching 3.0 innings of scoreless ball. .George Fox (21-12, 10-11 NWC) next takes the diamond at Willamette on Wednesday April 9, making up a doubleheader that was rained out earlier in the year.
Puget Sound (2-26, 1-21 NWC) will head back down to Oregon on Tuesday, April 8, for a pair of makeup games at Pacific in Forest Grove, Ore. The doubleheader against the Boxers will begin at 5:00 p.m. After the games at Pacific, the Loggers will play home-and-home doubleheaders with Pacific Lutheran in their final weekend of the season on Saturday, April 12 and Sunday, April 13.