REDLANDS, California – Connor Savage finished the day 5-for-10 with two runs as the Loggers totaled 29 hits between its doubleheader sweep at Redlands on Sunday. Puget Sound won all three games against the Bulldogs this weekend, and Savage is one hit away from matching Dakota Resnik's program-record 204 career hits.
Savage has 61 hits this season and becomes the second Logger in program history to eclipse 60 hits in a season. Head coach Jeff Halstead holds the record with 66 hits during the 2000 season.
Puget Sound 11, Redlands 7 (7 inn.)
The Loggers (18-19) scored five runs in both the fifth and sixth innings while Nick Funyak (2-for-4, HR, 4 RBI) blasted his first home run of the season and drove in a team-high four runs.
Funyak's three-home run in the sixth inning scored Nathan Backes (1-for-2, R, RBI) and Nicholas Alarcio (2-for-3, 2 R, 2 RBI) to give the Loggers an 11-4 advantage. Alarcio hit an RBI single that scored Cal Muramaru (0-for-1, 2 R) earlier in the inning, and Backes drew a walk before Funyak's at-bat. Savage (2-for-4, 2 R), who reached base on a bunt single, scored the inning's second run on a sac fly by Chris Zerio (2-for-4, 2 R, 3 RBI).
Zerio's bases-loaded single highlighted the five-run fifth inning, as the bases cleared with the help of an error by the centerfielder.
Puget Sound 11, Redlands 1
The Loggers put four runs on the board in the third inning and Backes (1-for-3, HR) hit a grand slam as part of a five-run fourth inning to give the Loggers a commanding 9-0 lead. Backes leads the team with four long balls this season.
Bobby Hosmer (3-for-3, 2 R, RBI) opened the scoring with an RBI single in the third, and Layne Croney (2-for-5, 2 R, 2 RBI, 2B) followed with a two-run triple. Alex Siera's (3-for-5, 2 RBI, 2B) RBI double capped off the scoring in the stanza. Alarcio's (3-for-6, 2 R, RBI) RBI single in the fourth preceded Backes' crushing blow.
Starting pitcher David Follett earned the win after allowing just one hit through five innings while striking out four.
Savage hit 3-for-6 and score two runs.
The Loggers return to action at the Pacific Lutheran Tournament on May 2. Puget Sound will play both Linfield and PLU in non-conference bouts.
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