PORTLAND, Ore.—The Puget Sound baseball team saw a minor offensive re-awakening by equaling a season best with seven hits, but they only got two runs across in an 8-2 loss to Corban College during day two of the CCC-NWC Challenge at Porter Park in Portland, Ore.
Corban scored two runs in the top of the first to put the Loggers behind before even taking a swing. The Warriors tallied two runs on a double by Daniel Orr with two runners in scoring position. Both of those runners crossed home plate to give the designated away team the early advantage. Puget Sound had a chance to bring the game closer in the bottom half of the inning when Lucas Stone earned a walk then stole second. The Loggers got another runner on after Nathan Backes walked, but Christian Carter struck out in the next at bat to end the threat.
The Warriors added on three more in the top of the third, scoring all three with two outs already in the inning. After their second out the Warriors connected on four singles and had another runner reach after a throwing error by the Logger third baseman, Backes. All three runs were unearned. They added two more in the top of the fifth as well to take a 7-0 lead through the midpoint of the game.
In the bottom of the fifth, the Loggers put one across home plate for their first run of the game. Connor Savage got the inning going for the Loggers with a double down the left field line. Kaulana Smith followed up with a double of his own, advancing Savage to third. Savage then scored when Stone grounded out to the second baseman. The sacrifice was Stone's first RBI of the season. The Loggers were not able to get anymore across, however, as Corban pitcher Austin Guzzon got Backes to foul out and struck out Carter to end the inning.
Both teams scored again in the eighth. The Warriors scored on a sacrifice fly in the top to plate an unearned run. In the bottom half of the inning, Alex Wojtysiak kicked things off for Puget Sound with a double to right center. He moved to third three batters later on a grounder from Chris Zerio, and then he scored on the next play after Nickolas Alarcio singled into center field. Puget Sound loaded up the bases on the next at bat with a single from Savage, but the Loggers' rally ended prematurely after Smith grounded out to third base to end the inning.
Both Savage and Alarcio collected two hits apiece for the Loggers, and Alarcio and Stone tallied the team's two RBIs. Stone took the loss after pitching 4.2 innings and allowing seven runs, only one of which was earned. He also struck out five batters in his second start of the season. In relief, Collin Maier saw the first scoreless outing of his career, going 2.1 innings without allowing a run. Logan Day and Chris Moreno also pitched for Puget Sound Saturday.
The Loggers will look to end their involvement in the CCC-NWC Challenge with a few more runs when they play St. Martins Sunday, Feb. 23 at 11:00 a.m., again at Porter Park in Portland.