SALEM, Oregon – The Puget Sound softball team concluded its four-game road stint with two losses at Willamette on Saturday afternoon.
Puget Sound 0, Willamette 9 (5 inn.)
The Bearcats (10-17, 7-10 NWC) scored five runs in the first inning and never looked back. The Loggers collected one hit in each inning except for the third. The Loggers put a runner in scoring on two occasions, the first of which came in the second inning.
Bailee Larson (1-for-2) led off with a single and stole second base, but she was left stranded. Lisa Colombo (1-for-2) hit a one-out single in the fourth and moved to second on a wild pitch, but that was far as she would get.
Willamette's two runs in the fourth inning led to a shortened game.
Puget Sound 0, Willamette 8 (6 inn.)
Willamette's six-run fourth inning was too much for the Loggers as the Bearcats came away with an 8-0 victory. Willamette grabbed a 1-0 lead in the first inning, but the Loggers remained in striking distance through the game's first three frames.
Puget Sound had an opportunity to tie the game in the second inning when it put runners on the corners with two outs. Larson (1-for-3) reached base on a fielder's choice and took second base after a passed ball. Paige Schaffer (1-for-2) followed with a single, but both runners were stranded.
The Loggers threatened again in the third inning. Amber Popovich (1-for-2) led off with a single and moved to third after Jessica Gott (0-for-1) reached base an error by Willamette's pitcher. Gott tried to score when Kristi Nagamine (0-for-3) hit a grounder to the shortstop, but she was thrown out at home plate.
The Loggers return home on Wednesday, April 8, to host Linfield for a makeup doubleheader starting at 2 p.m.