Boxers Shutout Loggers In Series Finale

Boxers Shutout Loggers In Series Finale

TACOMA, Wash. – Three big innings went the visitors way as the Puget Sound baseball team fell 10-0 in its series finale against Pacific on Sunday. Matt Delegato went the distance for the Boxers (13-21, 10-11 NWC), allowing just four Logger hits.

The Loggers (15-20, 10-11 NWC) couldn't get the bats going against the Boxers in the finale. Solid pitching from Delegato and a couple spectacular defensive plays kept the Loggers off the scoreboard.

The Boxers did all their scoring in three frames with a three-run third, a four-run sixth and a three-run seventh. Caleb Gaff was 3-for-6 with a pair of RBIs to lead the Boxers. Logan Moen broke the scoreless tie in the third with a two-run double before Trux French laid down a squeeze bunt to score a third run. Moen tried to score all the way from second on the play but was cut down at the plate to end the inning.

The Loggers looked to answer in the fourth when Connor Savage drove a deep fly ball into the left center gap. Ben Duerr made a diving catch on a full sprint to rob Savage of a sure double. Nate Backes singled in the next at-bat for the Loggers first baserunner of the game but the Loggers went silently after that.

In the fifth, Jeff Walton singled to put runners on the corners with two outs with Christian Carter moving up to third on the single. JB Eary hit a grounder that looked to be heading up the middle and into center field. Donnie Bradley made a diving stop and a strong throw from his knees to barely nab Eary and end the Logger threat.

Carter would be the only Logger to reach third in the game as Delegato retired the first nine batters in order to start the game and retired the last 10 batters in order to end the game.

The Boxers seized the momentum and put up four runs in the sixth after Bradley's run-saving play. A Logger error in the seventh allowed two more runs to cross the plate and Gaff cashed in one more for the final tally.

Delegato fanned six and did not issue a free pass to earn the win. Steve Wagar took the loss after allowing five runs in 5.1 innings. Beiser tossed the final 3.2 innings and struck out four. All five runs to cross the plate were unearned.

The Loggers wrap up the NWC season next week at Willamette in a three-game series.