Sports & Outdoors

Softball team has shaky weekend

First year Jessica Gott (Lynwood, Wash.) and sophomore Jaci Young (Alea, Hawaii) made impressive starts on the mound for the University of Puget Sound’s softball team, but were still unable to get the win.

The University of Puget Sound’s softball team has improved their overall record to 4-20 over a 12-game span that includes games that were played over spring break.

The softball team most recently suffered a 4-0 loss in its series against Whitworth, which was played on March 28 and March 29. Whitworth won the games with a score of 13-2, 5-0, 9-0 and 6-1.

In the first game against Whitworth, Gott led off the inning with a walk.

Two batters later Junior Lisa Colombo (Los Gatos, Calif.) was also walked. Sophomore Kristi Nagamine’s (Honolulu, Hawaii) single at the next at-bat loaded the bases. Sophomore Page Schaffer (Ketchikan, Alaska) hit a two-RBI (runners batted in) single into left field.

Junior Kayla Andrus (Kent, Wash) started on the mounds for the loggers. Andrus pitched for 1.1 innings. She was charged for the loss. Young finished the game pitching for the Loggers. Young threw for three total innings.

In the second game of the day, the Loggers and Whitworth were scoreless until the third inning when Whitworth added two runs. Gott hit a double with one out in the sixth inning.

Young followed that up by with a ground out that advanced Gott to third base. The inning finished with Gott left in scoring position.

Young was charged with the loss. Young pitched for 5.1 innings striking out four batters. Gott finished pitching for the Loggers with 1.2 innings.

On March 29 Gott made her first career start on the mound against Whitworth. Gott gave up four runs in the first inning, but proceeded to pitch the entire six-inning game. Gott only gave up the three earned runs.

The Loggers threatened to score when Schaffer tried to run home in the fifth inning off a sophomore Bailee Larson (Tacoma, Wash.) single, but Schaffer was thrown out at home plate.

In the second game of the day the Loggers scored in the bottom of the second inning to cut the deficit in half. Junior Jessica Shaw (Kelso, Wash.) hit a single and then was advanced to third base by Gott’s double to center field. Shaw scored off of sophomore Amelia Rice’s (Arlington, Mass.) sacrifice fly ball.

Young was the lone pitcher of the game. Young pitched for seven innings, striking out six batters.

Over spring break the softball team won three games and lost three games.

They lost to the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse with a score of 5-4 and beat Dubuque 6-4 on March 17. On March 19 the Loggers lost to Central 7-3 and beat Denison 2-1. On March 20 they lost to Dickinson St. 9-3 and beat St. Joseph’s 11-3. All the games were played in Tucson, Ariz.

The team’s total batting average is .241. Gott is leading the team in batting average with a minimum of 50 at-bats.

Gott’s batting average is .316. Senior Marissa Jeffers (Issaquah, Wash.) has a .294 batting average and Nagamine has a .267 batting average with a team high 75 at-bats.

Gott, Larson, Schaffer and Andrus all lead the team with two home runs each.

Young has the most innings pitched with 69 total with an earned run average of 5.99. Andrus has 62 innings pitched with an earned run average of 6.21. They are the only two pitchers on the team that have above 25 innings pitched.