Loggers set to open 2016 campaign in California

Loggers set to open 2016 campaign in California

TACOMA, Washington – The Puget Sound softball team opens its 2016 season this weekend. The Loggers will be in California to take on Chapman and La Sierra in a pair of double headers to begin the new campaign.

 WHEN 

 Saturday, Feb. 13, at Chapman | 4:00 p.m. (DH) 

 WHERE 

 El Camino Real Park | Orange, Calif. 

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 WHEN 

 Sunday, Feb. 14, at La Sierra | 11:00 a.m. (DH) 

 WHERE 

 La Sierra Softball Field | Riverside, Calif. 

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Loggers in 2015

Puget Sound is coming off a season in which the team made huge strides offensively. The Loggers finished the year 4-36, 1-27 NWC; however, a year after only hitting three home runs, Puget Sound crushed 12 long balls in 2015. The team also finished with 52 extra-base hits. Senior Kayla Andrus and junior Jaci Young return as upperclass leaders. Sophomore Erica Gott will look to improve on a season in which she earned All-Northwest Conference Honorable Mention, and led the team with a .298 batting average.

Panthers in 2015

Chapman University is located in Orange, California, and the team competes in the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. The Panthers finished the 2015 season with a 15-19 overall record, and a 12-16 mark in the SCIAC. They closed out the season 1-4, falling 12-2 to Cal Lutheran in the final game of the season. As a team, Chapman hit .292 with 136 runs scored a year ago. The team graduated all-conference performer Taylor Cartwright, but return All-SCIAC Second Team honorees Natalie Both and Gabrielle Leveratto. Both is coming off a year in which she pitched 150 innings, with a 2.99 earned run average and 141 strikeouts. Leveratto finished 2015 with a .393 batting average and 20 RBI.

Golden Eagles in 2015

La Sierra University is located in Riverside, California, and the team competes in the California Pacific Conference in the NAIA. The Golden Eagles finished 2015 with an 11-37 record, falling in the final 10 games of the season. The team returns All-Cal Pac First team performer Mercedes Gasporovic, who hit .336 in 2015 with 45 hits and 27 RBI, as well as the league's Freshman of the Year, Berlyn Benavides. Also returning is Katie Witherby who was named to the Second Team, and hit .324 during the year.

The Golden Eagles have played four games in 2016 thus far, racking up a 2-1-1 record. After sweeping a double header from Saint Katherine College, the team lost to Biola University (3-2), before ending the second game in a tie, 7-7.

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