Pacific softball steamrolls Puget Sound

SOFTBALL: Boxers nearly earn four-game sweep of Loggers in conference play

Puget Sound snapped Pacific's nine-game win streak and put the only blemish on the Boxers' early-season resume, but that didn't stop Pacific from taking three of four games from the Loggers in a Northwest Conference softball series last weekend.

Pacific (11-1, 5-1) dominated the four-game series with its typical mix of brilliant pitching and timely hitting, winning 8-2 in the opener on Saturday and sweeping Sunday's doubleheader to keep pace with Linfield and Pacific Lutheran at the top of the NWC standings.

'We played well, but we lacked a bit of focus at times which resulted in a few costly mistakes,' said Pacific head coach Tim Hill. '[On Sunday] we came out more aggressive and it paid off offensively and defensively.'

Staff ace Miranda McNealy picked up two wins over the weekend to run her record to 7-0 this season with a 1.43 ERA. She took a no-hitter into the seventh inning of Saturday's win, then followed it with a four-hit, eight-strikeout performance on Sunday in an 8-1 victory.

Pacific was led offensively by freshman Brooke Toy, who went 8 for 13 with two doubles, three home runs and nine RBIs in the four games. Brooke Fogwell, Kristen Croxford and Caitlin Mastenbroek also hit home runs for the Boxers.