Andrus' 4 RBI lead to upset of Pirates in game 1

Credit: Chris Lund
Credit: Chris Lund

TACOMA, Wash – The Loggers upset No. 25 Whitworth, 11-7, to begin the four-game series on Saturday afternoon. The Pirates took game two, 6-0.

Kayla Andrus finished the day with four runs batted in, while Mckenna Johnson had three for the Loggers (9-18, 3-14 NWC). Erica Gott had one RBI, while Amanda Fehr hit her first career home run. 

Puget Sound 11, Whitworth 7

The Loggers jumped on top in the first inning. Kristi Nagamine started the inning with a double. Amber Popovich laid down a sacrifice bunt, but the pitcher could not make the play and Nagamine was able to come home and score. Kayla Andrus then hit a home run to put Puget Sound up 3-0.

Puget Sound added four more runs in the second inning. Amanda Fehr started off the inning with a solo home run to center field. The Loggers then loaded the bases for Andrus, who doubled to left field, bringing home two more runs. Mckenna Johnson followed that with a sacrifice bunt, which extended the lead to 7-0.

The Pirates got two runs back on a 2-RBI double by Morgan Portlock in the third inning. However, Puget Sound would get those two runs back in the fourth inning when Johnson smoked a double to center field, allowing Popovich and Nagamine to score.

Whitworth closed the gap to 9-5 in the top of the fifth inning, and then closed the score to 9-7 in the sixth inning. The Loggers pushed their cushion back to four runs in the bottom of the sixth inning by way of a Pirate fielding error, and an Erica Gott RBI double. The Puget Sound defense had a three up, three down inning in the top of the seventh to hold on for the upset victory.

Erica Gott (5-5) earned the victory in the circle. She allowed five runs (three earned) in 4.1 innings of work. Jaci Young threw the final 2.2 innings, allowing two runs while striking out two.

Whitworth 6, Puget Sound 0

The Pirates went up 4-0 in the second inning. They added another run in the third inning.

A Tessa Matthews RBI double in the sixth inning extended Whitworth's lead to 6-0.

Pirate pitcher Makayla Lefever threw a complete game two hitter.

Kayla Andrus (1-6) took the loss for the Loggers, allowing five runs (one earned) in 5.0 innings. The senior struck out two batters. Erica Gott threw the final 2.0 innings, giving up one run and striking out two.

The Loggers will host Whitworth for another doubleheader on Sunday, April 3. The first game is scheduled to begin at 12 p.m.

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