WALLA WALLA, Wash. – The Puget Sound baseball put a halt to a five-game losing streak with a doubleheader split at Whitman on Saturday. The Loggers (3-8-1, 1-1 NWC) dropped the first game 7-1 before rallying for an 8-6 win in the second game.
Game 1 – L, 7-1
Whitman (1-13, 1-1 NWC) built a 7-0 lead before the Loggers could get on the board to key a game one win. Jimmy Madden and Kyle Moyes each had two hits and a pair of RBI to lead the Missionaries.
The Missionaries took an early 3-0 lead in the bottom of the second. Eli Mathieu hit a two-RBI single to spark the rally. The Missionaries scored another run in the fourth, taking advantage of a Logger error in the inning. Two more came across in the sixth on a Moyes homer to left.
Justin Weeks earned the win for the Missionaries, pitching eight innings and allowing just the one run. Matt Robinson took the loss on the mound. He threw six innings but allowed seven runs (six earned) and struck out four.
Game 2 – W, 8-6
Freshman Connor Savage went 3-for-4 at the plate with three runs scored and three RBI to help the Loggers snap their five-game skid. Nate Aguiar earned the win for the Loggers after tossing eight innings.
In his eight innings of work, Aguiar struck out three and issued no walks. Five runs came across for the Loggers but only one was earned. Alex Baugh pitched the final 0.2 to earn the save.
Whitman wasted no time building a lead, pushing across two runs in the first. The Loggers tied things up at 2-2 in the third. Savage pushed across his first RBI of the game with a double to right center. He later came across for the tying run when Cox doubled to left center.
Whitman answered in the third when Aaron Cohen singled home two runs for the Missionaries. The Loggers took the lead for good with four runs in the fourth to run the score to 6-4. Stephen Kelsey picked up an RBI single and Savage drew a bases loaded walk to tie the game back up at 4-4. Will Mentor's grounder later in the inning was misplayed by the Whitman shortstop as two more Logger runs came home.
The Loggers continued to pour it on in the sixth as Savage and Cox each drove in a run to make the score 8-4. Whitman picked up one more run in the sixth on another Moyes homer and picked up another run in the ninth after a Logger error. Baugh entered the game with the tying run on second and shut the door on the rall to secure the win.
The Loggers conclude their three-game series with Whitman tomorrow at noon in Walla Walla.