TACOMA, Wash. – Freshman Connor Savage hit a walk off single in the ninth to lift the Puget Sound baseball team to a 7-6 win over Concordia on Tuesday afternoon. It is the Loggers third consecutive win.
Alex Baugh picked up his first win of the year, pitching the top of the ninth and allowing just one walk with one strikeout. A total of eight pitchers were used by Puget Sound (7-22-1) in the game as Jeff Walton made his third start of the season.
The Cavaliers (19-20) used six pitchers as Eric Weir took the loss, dropping to 3-6. He allowed two runs on two walks in one third of the ninth. Jared Young pitched in relief and allowed three hits as the Loggers ended the game.
Weir came in for Concordia in the ninth with the Cavaleirs leading 6-5. However, he walked Addison Melzer on four pitches with one out and then gave Matt Cox a free pass on four pitches. Young took the ball on the mound to try and close things out but Lucas Stone singled to left to load the bases for Kaulana Smith. A single to the left side of the infield by Smith tied the game as pinch runner Paul Webster scored from third. Savage then promptly singled up the middle to plate pinch runner Stephen Kelsey for the game-winning RBI.
The Loggers had 11 hits in the game, led by Lucas Stone and Kaulana Smith with two each and two RBI a piece.
In the second with one out for Concordia, Sean Myrom walked followed by a single by Jordan Keeker. Carl Beckert singled off of Walton's right leg to load the bases for Jordan Johnson. Johnson took the first pitch and singled to right center as two runs scored.
Taylor Volz entered in the fourth to pitch for the Loggers. Keeker singled to left center to lead off the inning. Beckhert followed with a single to left. Johnson hit a sac bunt to advance both runners into scoring position. Douglas reached on a fielder's choice and got an RBI as Keeker scored.
The Cavaliers got one more in the fifth as Beckert singled to right to drive in a run.
The Loggers would tie the game in the fifth with four runs. Savage started the rally when he was hit by a pitch. Casey Coberly then walked. Concordia turned a double play but the Loggers kept the offense going as Will Mentor and Addison Melzer walked to load the bases. Bobby Hosmer was hit by a pitch to drive in the first run. Stone singled to left as two more runs came across and Smith walked as the tying run scored on a wild pitch.
David Schwartz entered to pitch for the Loggers in the sixth, allowing two runs as Concordia re-took the lead, 6-4.
In the eighth, the Loggers would get within one. Stone took the first pitch of the eighth and drilled it to right center for a leadoff single. He reached second on an error by the pitcher. Smith singled to left center and Andrew Grady hit a sacrifice bunt down the first base line as Stone scored to get within one. Two loggers were thrown out at the plate in the game, one in the fifth and one in the eighth.
Puget Sound will host Lewis and Clark in conference play this weekend.