Two Wins for Hagensen and Lutes Softball
PARKLAND - Stacey Hagensen picked up a pair of pitching wins on Saturday afternoon, leading the host Pacific Lutheran Lutes to a Northwest Conference softball doubleheader sweep of the visiting Puget Sound Loggers.
The Lutes won the opener via the run rule in five innings, 8-0, before coming back to take the second contest, 8-2. With the wins, PLU improves to 26-10 overall and to 20-4 in the conference. Following the defeats, Puget Sound is 11-25 overall and 9-17 in the NWC.
Hagensen, a junior out of Newport High School in Bellevue, improved her season record to 17-4, allowing no runs on just one hit in 7 1/3 innings of work. She tossed a one-hitter in the opener, with the only hit a fourth inning ground ball single through the right side by Christina Demuelenaere. She fanned four and walked just one in notching her 14th complete game of the season.
The PLU offense went to work early, scoring twice in the first, once in the second, and four times in third. In the first inning, Kaaren Hatlen hit a double for the first run after walks to Kaely Cuthill and Hagensen. McKenna drove in the second run with a ground out. In the second, Ami Gran hit a two-out double and scored on Puget Sound error.
Aryn Grause relieved starting pitcher Jennifer Davis in the third, and the Lutes touched her for four runs. Walks to Hagensen and Hatlen and stolen bases by Hagensen and pinch runner Shelby Hasse put runners in scoring position, and Glenelle Nitta followed with a single to score Hagensen. After Nitta stole second, Hasse scored on Lindsey Matsunaga's sacrifice fly. Nitta tallied the third run when Katie Lowery reached on an error, and she promptly stole second. After a walk to Haley Harshaw, the Lutes ran a double steal, and Lowery came in on another Puget Sound error.
PLU finished the game in the bottom of the fifth. After Lowery hit a single and moved up a base on a wild pitch, pinch hitter Jackie Martinez ended the game with a base hit. It was a nice moment for Martinez, who along with Kaely Cuthill was honored on Senior Day prior to the game.
Pacific Lutheran had eight hits in the game, including two doubles and a single by Hatlen, and also swiped six bases.
In the second game, Puget Sound got on the board in the first inning when Chrissy Atterson hit a single to score Carolyn Moore, who led off the game with a single. The Lutes replied with two runs in the bottom of the frame. They loaded the bases on an error, single and hit batter, and Nitta drove in a run with a single. Matsunaga drew a bases-loaded walk for the second run.
Puget Sound tied the game in the fourth inning when Atterson drilled her fourth home run of the season to center field, and the game remained 2-2 going into the bottom of the fifth inning.
The Lutes broke through with four runs, though all were unearned after a two-out error opened the door for the rally. With two in scoring position, Hagensen smoked a single to left field to make it 4-2, and Hatlen followed with her seventh homer of the season, an opposite-field blast over the fence in left.
PLU added two more runs in the bottom of the sixth on solo homers by Matsunaga, her eighth, and Gran, her third.
Hagensen, who replaced starter Hatlen in the top of the fifth, retired the final seven Loggers batters. She also led the Lutes with two hits, two runs scored and two RBI, and she also swiped her 15th base without getting caught this season.
The teams conclude their four-game series Sunday afternoon at the Loggers' home field, with the twinbill scheduled for a noon start.
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