TACOMA, Wash. – Senior Stephen Kelsey had three hits and four RBIs over two games to help power the Puget Sound baseball team to a 9-4 win over Pacific in its season finale. After falling to Whitman 3-2 in the morning, the Loggers (17-23) put on a hit parade in the late game to get the season-ending win.
Game 1 vs. Whitman – L, 2-3
Matt Robinson concluded a season for the record books and a career that ranks among the best in Logger pitching history on Saturday against Whitman. Robinson went seven strong innings, allowing three runs on 11 hits. He also struck out five and did not issue a free pass. However, he took the loss in his final outing by a score of 3-2.
Kaulana Smith put the Loggers up early in the game with a two-out single in the first to score JB Eary for the game's first run. However, the Missionaries immediately responded in the second. Casey Minnick knocked in a run and later scored on Jimmy Madden's double. The Loggers slight lead disappeared and they were down 2-1.
The Loggers had a runner aboard in six of the last eight frames but couldn't push across a run until the seventh when they already trailed 3-1. Stephen Kelsey doubled with two outs, moved up to third on a wild pitch and went on to a score on a Missionary error.
The tying run stood at second in both the eighth and ninth but Aaron Cohen shut the door on the mound to earn the save. Brett Lambert went 6.2 innings to earn the win.
Game 2 vs. Pacific – W, 9-4
Nate Aguiar allowed just four hits and one unearned run to end his Logger career with a winning effort against Pacific. Kelsey went 2-fo-4 at the plate with four RBIs to power the Loggers to the 9-4 win.
After an error put the Loggers down a run in the first, Aguiar went on to retire 14 of the next 16 batters he faced as the Logger offense came to life. Aguiar had four strikeouts during that stretch as the Loggers took a lead and used two strikeouts to end his career in dramatic fashion.
Down 7-1 in the sixth, the Boxers loaded the bases with one out on back-to-back singles. Aguiar fanned Kevin Bettencourt to get the first out and then struck out Justin Strayer to escape the jam unscathed. The big strikeouts ended up being the final two batters Aguiar would face as a Logger as he exited before the next inning.
The Loggers used a four-run fourth to take the lead in the late game. Jeff Walton singled with one out to start the rally and the next five batters reached base safely. Nate Backes cashed in Walton to tie the game at 1-1. Nick Funyak drew a walk to load the bases and Kelsey delivered his first big hit to plate two more runs for a 3-1 Logger lead. Eary was up next and squeezed in Funyak to complete the rally.
In the fifth, Funyak doubled in a run before Kelsey delivered again with a two-RBI single up the middle. Kelsey's hit put the Loggers up 7-1. The Loggers padded their lead to 9-1 in the seventh as Funyak doubled in another run and Eary singled home Funyak.
With the game well out of reach, the Boxers plated three late runs but Zach LaBorde kept the Loggers out in front. He tossed the final two innings to secure the victory and close the books on his Logger career.
The Loggers end the season 17-23 with the split on Saturday but will return starters at seven positions next year.