Loggers fall in non-conference action at Saint Martin’s

Loggers fall in non-conference action at Saint Martin’s

LACEY, Wash.—The Puget Sound baseball squad resumed non-conference action Tuesday, playing the second of four games against Saint Martin's University on the season. The Saints won 7-5 at SMU Baseball Field in Lacey, Wash.

Puget Sound grabbed an early lead in the top of the first inning. Connor Savage led off the contest by reaching second base after a throwing error by Saints third baseman Blake Lord. Troy Kakugawa moved Savage to third with a flyout to right field, and Lucas Stone sacrificed out to left to plate Savage for the Logger run.

The Loggers added another in the top of the fourth when Nathan Backes homered to left field to lead the inning. They scored three more in the top of the fifth after Stone ripped a double down the left field line to plate Savage and Kakugawa. Stone himself later scored on an RBI single from Jeff Walton.

The hosts answered in the bottom of the fifth, scoring two runs on three hits including an RBI double by Zach Raczok. Saint Martin's grabbed the lead with a five-run sixth inning. The Saints loaded the bases for Chris Womac, who cleared the bases with a double to left field. Womac and another Saint scored a few at bats later when Carl Svanevik singled to center field for two more runs.

Neither team seriously threatened to score in the final three innings as each squad only tallied one hit the rest of the way. With the score staying at 7-5, the Saints held on for their sixth win of the year.

Puget Sound's five runs came on eight hits and three Saint Martin's errors. Stone, Backes, and Nick Funyak all tallied two hits on the day, and Stone also led the squad with three RBIs. Additionally, Stone got the start on the mound, but the Loggers spread the innings around as six different pitchers took the hill for the visitors. Both Stone and Steve Wagar hurled two innings of scoreless ball while Jarrod Beiser and Kian Kurokawa also held the Saints scoreless, Beiser for 1.1 innings and Kurokawa for 1.0. David Torigoe took the loss for the Loggers, his first decision of the season.

The Loggers (5-9, 3-3 NWC) head back to Northwest Conference action with a three-game series at cross-town rival Pacific Lutheran. They travel to Parkland, Wash., for a doubleheader that begins at 12:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 22, and the two squads wrap up the three-game series with a single game Sunday, March 23. First pitch for that contest is scheduled for 1:00 p.m.