PORTLAND, Oregon – Erica Gott hit a solo home run to force extra innings as the Puget Sound softball team went on to win its first game of the season over Lewis & Clark, 4-2, on Saturday afternoon.
The Loggers (1-11, 1-5 NWC) trailed the Pioneers (4-6, 2-4 NWC) by one run into the seventh inning. Erica Gott (3-for-3, HR, 2 RBI) then hit a one-out solo home run to tie the game, 1-1. This is Gott's second home run in back to back games.
In the bottom of the seventh inning, Kayla Andrus struck out two batters to force extra innings.
The Loggers made some noise in the ninth as Jessica Gott (1-for-5) led off with a single to center field. Amelia Rice came in to pinch run for her and advanced to second following Jaci Young's (1-for-4) at bat. Rice then scored the go-ahead run on a single from E. Gott. The Loggers scored two more runs in the inning as Lisa Colombo (1-for-5, R) reached third on an error, scoring E. Gott. Colombo then came in to score on a sacrifice bunt from Kristi Nagamine (0-for-3, 1 RBI).
The Pioneers got one run back during the bottom of the inning but the Loggers were able to pull a double-play for the win. Catcher Haley Gray (1-for-4) caught a pop up and picked off the base runner at first.
Andrus was credited as the winning pitcher.
Lewis & Clark won the second game of the doubleheader, 8-0.
The Loggers remain in Portland to take on Lewis & Clark again in another doubleheader tomorrow, Sunday, March 8, beginning at 12 p.m.
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