April 21, 2012

Pacific Uses Late Comeback To Take Two From Loggers

FOREST GROVE, Ore. – The Puget Sound baseball team suffered a pair of close losses on Saturday as NWC-leading Pacific was able to sneak away with wins of 3-0 and 3-2. Nate Aguiar was again strong on the mound for the Loggers but the Boxers were able to find late inning magic in the late game to complete the sweep.

Game 1 – L, 0-3

Rob Dittrick tossed a complete game gem for the Boxers to lead the hosts to the 3-0 win. Will Mentor went 2-for-4 in the game but Dittrick never allowed a Logger to advance past second base to hold strong to the shutout.

The Loggers also received some strong performances on the hill from freshman Steve Wagar and Taylor Volz. Wagar stepped into a starting role today for the Loggers after appearing mainly out of the bullpen this year. She allowed three runs on seven hits through 5.1 innings while also striking out two.

Volz came out of the bullpen in the sixth and tossed 2.2 scoreless innings to keep the Loggers within striking distance. He allowed just two hits and one walk while also striking out one.

A trio of Boxer singles in the first brought home the first run of the game. Mike Nagamine led off the fourth with a double and was later cashed in on a sacrifice fly from Jordan Siu for a 2-0 lead. Kevin Schwartz drove in the Boxers third and final run in the sixth.

Nick Tasaka led the Boxers at the plate with a 3-for-4 performance and one run scored.

Game 2 – L, 2-3

The Loggers took a 2-1 lead into the ninth but the Boxers scored twice with two outs to secure the comeback victory and sweep the doubleheader. The Loggers outhit the Boxers 10-8 in the game but stranded 11 runners on base.

Nate Aguiar was again spectacular on the mound for the Loggers. After tossing complete games in each of his last two appearances, Aguiar was again cruising against the Boxers. He scattered six hits over 7.2 innings while allowing just one unearned run in the fifth. He also struck out three but allowed three walks in the no-decision.

The Loggers finally broke through with their first run in the third. Connor Savage doubled with one out and moved to third on Mentor's singles. Addison Melzer drove in Savage with a sacrifice fly.

The Loggers put up another run in the fifth with two outs. Mentor walked to start the rally and moved up on a Melzer single. Matt Cox followed it up with another single to plate Mentor and give the Loggers a 2-0 lead.

Kevin Schwartz's RBI single in the bottom of the fifth brought in the Boxers only run against Aguiar. After breezing through the sixth and the seventh, Aguiar hit a bit of a jam as a walk and a single put two Boxers on base with two outs. Luke Englert entered and retired the first batter he saw to maintain the Loggers lead.

Savage singled in the ninth but was stranded on first and Alex Baugh came in to pitch the ninth for the Loggers.

After back-to-back fly outs, Baugh nailed Anson Arakai with a pitch and walked Donnie Bradley to put two on. Kevin Schwartz then singled to plate Arakaki and both him and Bradley moved up on a Logger error with the game now tied 2-2. Nick Tasaka promptly singled in the next at bat to drive in Bradley and lift the Boxers to the sweep.

The Loggers and Boxers square off again tomorrow at noon in the series finale.