TACOMA, Washington – Collin Maier threw his eighth quality start of the season, but the Puget Sound baseball team yielded six runs in the ninth inning as Pacific Lutheran came away with a 9-2 victory on Sunday afternoon.
Maier allowed just three earned runs through seven innings and struck out five. The outing marks the eighth time this year that Maier has pitched at least six innings while allowing no more than three earned runs.
The Loggers (15-18, 13-11 NWC) took a 1-0 lead in the second inning when Johnny Hosmer (1-for-3, RBI) hit a single up the middle to score Nathan Backes (1-for-4, R) from second base with two outs. The Lutes (23-18, 15-6 NWC) briefly took a 2-1 lead in the third, but Nick Funyak (1-for-3, R, 2B) led off the fourth inning with a double and eventually came home on a wild pitch to even the score.
The Lutes plated the go-ahead run in the fifth inning, and neither team scored again until PLU erupted for six runs in the ninth.
Puget Sound makes the quick trip up I-5 to play Division-I Seattle University on Wednesday, April 15. First pitch is scheduled for 7:15 p.m.