TACOMA, Washington – The Puget Sound baseball team opened its 2015 home season by winning a three-game series over No. 6 Linfield, including Sunday's doubleheader sweep over the Wildcats.
Game 1: Puget Sound 10, Linfield 1
Puget Sound (6-7, 4-2 NWC) starting pitcher Steve Wagar shut down one of the best teams in the country by allowing just one run on four hits through 7.1 innings. It was just the second time in 14 games this season that the Wildcats were held to one run in a game.
Linfield's (9-5, 2-4 NWC) 1-0 lead after the first inning was short-lived as the Loggers four runs on the board in the second inning. Nathan Backes (4-for-5, 2 R, 2B, 2 RBI) led off with a single and Layne Croney (2-for-5, R, 2B) followed with a double to right field. Bobby Hosmer's (2-for-4, 2 R, 2 RBI) single scored both runners to give Puget Sound a 2-1 lead. Troy Kakugawa's (1-for-3, R) single put runners on the corners, and Connor Savage (3-for-5, R, 2 RBI, SB) and Nickolas Alarcio (2-for-4, R, RBI, SB) followed with consecutive RBI singles to give the Loggers a 4-1 edge.
Following a one-run third inning, Puget Sound added three more runs in the fourth thanks to an RBI single by Chris Zerio (1-for-3, R, 2 RBI) and a two-run single by Backes.
Wagar showed tremendous poise throughout his start, including a clutch strikeout with two outs and the bases loaded in the third inning.
Game 2: Puget Sound 13, Linfield 8
The Loggers scored at least 10 runs for the third time in four games as they completed the doubleheader sweep over Linfield.
Puget Sound jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the second inning. Bobby Hosmer (3-for-5, R, 2B, 2 RBI) led off with a single, Johnny Hosmer (2-for-4, R, 2B, 2 RBI) followed with a double, and Kaulana Smith (1-for-2, 2 R) walked to load the bases with nobody out. Cal Muramaru (1-for-3, 2 R, RBI) lifted a sac fly to score Bobby Hosmer, and Connor Savage (2-for-6, R, 2 RBI) drove in Johnny Hosmer with a single. Smith scored later in the inning on an error by the shortstop.
The Wildcats rallied for four runs in the fifth inning, all of which were scored with two outs. However, Linfield's 4-3 lead was short-lived. Bobby Hosmer's RBI double in the bottom of the frame evened the score, and the Loggers rallied for seven runs in the sixth inning to claim a commanding 11-4 lead. Puget Sound sent 10 batters to the dish during the big inning.
The Loggers are back on the road for three games at Pacific beginning on Saturday, March 7, at 11 a.m.
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