TACOMA - Pacific Lutheran scored early and often in both games Saturday and made quick work of sweeping Puget Sound in Northwest Conference softball action at Logger Field. PLU won a pair of five-inning run-rule games by 12-0 and 18-4 scores.
The Lutes, ranked fifth in the Division III fastpitch coaches national poll, improved to 32-10 overall and 22-4 in the conference, while Puget Sound is now 3-29 overall and 2-23 in the conference.
Game 1 - PLU 12, Puget Sound 0
Stacey Hagensen hit a home run and allowed only one hit and no walks while striking out four in four innings to improve her season record to 17-5. Leah Butters allowed a hit in one inning to close out the contest.
The Lutes scored five times in the first on two hits, three UPS errors, two hit batters, a walk and two stolen bases, and they added seven more in the second on six hits, two UPS errors, a walk and wild pitch.
PLU had a total of 12 hits in the game with Hagensen going 3-for-4 with two runs scored and two RBI. Amanda Goings, Kaaren Hatlen and Lindsey Matsunaga all had a pair of hits for PLU. Hagensen hit her fifth homer this season, a two-run shot, in the opening inning, while Matsunaga slugged her sixth homer of the year, a three-run blast, in the seven-run second inning.
Puget Sound committed six errors in the game, which accounted for five of the PLU runs being unearned.
Game 2 - PLU 18, Puget Sound 4
Pacific Lutheran led 4-0 after one inning, 8-0 after two, 14-0 after three, and 18-0 before the Loggers scored their first run of the day in the bottom of the fourth inning.
Hatlen didn't allow a hit in three innings of work, and Tori Hamura saw her first pitching action of the season by closing out the final two innings.
Hatlen slugged a grand slam for her ninth homer of the season in the second inning and Amanda Hall also belted a grand slam homer, her third bomb of the year, an inning later. Hall finished the game with six runs batted in.
PLU collected 15 total hits and the game was such a blowout early that head coach Erin Van Nostrand was able to give 18 of her players at least one at bat, with 11 of them getting hits, during the game. In addition to Hatlen and Hall, the Lutes got two hits apiece from Haley Harshaw, Glenelle Nitta and Kylee Oshiro. Hatlen and Hagensen both scored three runs.
Pacific Lutheran hosts Puget Sound at noon Sunday in the regular season finale for both teams. The games will be preceded by PLU's senior day in which four seniors - Hagensen, Going, Ami Gran and Katie Bologna - will be honored.
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