Loggers wrap up 2014 season at Pacific

Loggers wrap up 2014 season at Pacific

FOREST GROVE, Ore.—The Puget Sound baseball team wrapped up the 2014 season Sunday with a loss, falling 8-6 in a non-conference contest to Pacific at Chuck Bafaro Stadium in Forest Grove, Ore.

Despite the loss, the Loggers ended the year going 10-2 in their final four series, sweeping three of them during a 10-game win streak, the program's first double-digit win streak of the 2000s. The Logger offense proved explosive during the stretch, averaging 8.83 runs while reaching the double digits four times, including a season-high 18 runs April 27 against Willamette.

During Sunday's game at Pacific, the Loggers jumped out to four-run lead after their half of the first, scoring four runs in four straight at bats. Chris Zerio, Nathan Backes, and Addison Melzer ripped RBI hits during the frame while Jeff Walton brought in a run with a sacrifice fly. Puget Sound's advantage was cut in half in bottom of the frame, however, when Pacific countered with two runs of its own.

Both squads added one run each in the third inning, and the Boxers scored three in the fourth inning to take a brief lead at 6-5. The Loggers tied it up in their portion of the fifth, however, when Melzer ripped an RBI single to right center, plating Zerio.

The score remained tied at six until the bottom of the sixth when Pacific scored two to take the lead. Puget Sound got a pair of base runners in both the seventh and eighth innings, but the Pacific bullpen escaped both threats to keep the score at 8-6, where it would end.

Nickolas Alarcio led the Loggers at the plate, tallying for hits in five at bats while scoring once for the visitors. Backes and Zerio added three hits, two runs, and one RBI each, while Melzer, playing in his final collegiate game, brought in two RBIs on two hits. On the mound, Chris Moreno and David Fuller pitched 2.2 innings of shutout ball with Moreno striking out two in two innings and Fuller getting his only batter faced to ground into a double play. Lucas Stone got the start in his final collegiate game for the Loggers, going 5.1 innings while striking out three.

In total, six Loggers saw their final game of their career Saturday. Stone, Melzer, Walton, Jarrod Beiser, Christian Carter, and Tucker Barney experienced their final contest Sunday as the six seniors will graduate later this month. 

Pacific won their final game of the season and head coach Greg Bradley's final game of his career. Bradley is retiring after 19 seasons at the help of the Pacific baseball program.

With the loss, Puget Sound ended the season with an overall record of 17-19, the club's best since 2011, and a 14-10 mark in Northwest Conference action. The Loggers finished tied for fourth in the NWC with Willamette, a team they swept during their 10-game win streak.