Boxers sweep Doubleheader to open series in Puget Sound

TACOMA, washing.- University of the Pacific softball snapped a six-game losing streak by sweeping a doubleheader in Puget Sound on Saturday afternoon. Highlighted by a total of 18 hits and 14 runs, the fearsome Boxers offense showed its strength at the plate.

In the first game, Sydney Rusin (Junior/Portland, OR) dominated on both sides of the ball, pitching a full game and while going 2 for 4 with a double and two RBIs at home plate.

The Boxers would have seven runs on seven hits, while allowing only one run and four hits to the Loggers.

Game 2 was a pitching duel, with the Boxers scoring just two runs until the seventh inning, where they took a 7-1 lead.

With Rusin throwing a full game in game one, Lindsey Greenfield (Sophomore/Mukilteo, WA) would play the second rubber game, where she would do the same. Today’s wins were both credited to those pitchers as they both went the distance. They held the Loggers to a total of three points for the two games combined.

Game 1

The first game of the day started with a Rylee Patton (Senior/Eastvale, CA) single, followed by a hit by Rusin to score the Pacific shortstop. Scoring in the top of the first would prove to give Pacific some life.

With Rusin in the circle, she set the tone of the game, allowing no runners down first.

A single, sacrificial fly in the second would double the Boxers’ lead.

The top of the third is where the boxers showed their bats, starting with a step, then double back-to-back through Elizabeth Young (Senior/Port Orchard, WA) and Rusin did some runs. Two more runs would come up in the inning, both due to defensive mishaps by the Loggers. This solid end gave Pacific a 6-1 lead.

The Boxers scored once again in the top of the fourth with a sack fly, giving them a comfortable 7-1 lead.

Rusin would pitch a full game and not allow a run until the end of the sixth inning. Rusin allowed just four hits and a run, while getting two strikeouts. His performance in the circle was simply brilliant.

Game 2

The momentum from Game 1 would stay with the Boxers as they took the lead in Game 2’s first. With two out, Patton would hit a double, then be brought in by a Loggers error to put Pacific on the board.

With Greenfield in the circle, the bottom of the second would start with a single, followed by a few stolen bases and another hit, but Greenfield would settle in and keep the damage to a minimum by allowing only one run and leaving the bases loaded.

The Pacific did not stay in a lull for long as the third leg was marked by a Samantha Small (Junior/Tigard, OR) single, where she would go second on an error by Puget Sound. Still, the Boxers were unable to capitalize on the runner in scoring position, and the score remained tied at 1-1.

With another hit in the fourth, the Boxers were still unable to take a lead on the Loggers, leaving two on base.

Finally in the fifth, Pacific managed to break the tie, starting with a single par Haylie Uetake (Senior/Ewa Beach, HI), where she would drive through wild terrain, and come back to score on Patton’s third hit of the day. With a 2-1 lead down the fifth, the momentum shifted to the boxers dugout.

Greenfield managed to hold Puget Sound without a hit for three straight innings and allowed only a single in the fifth, but once again emerged unscathed from the inning.

The Boxers weren’t comfortable going into the bottom of the seventh with just a one-point lead, but would add some confidence in the final frame. With four singles and a double to change the pace of the match, Pacific managed to score five runs to build a 7-1 lead.

Greenfield would close the game, allowing a run in the seventh. She would earn the victory allowing just two runs and five hits in the game, while also getting five strikeouts.

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The Boxers wrap up their series with Puget Sound with a doubleheader tomorrow starting at 11 a.m.

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