The 2017 baseball season opens in Southern California

The 2017 baseball season opens in Southern California

TACOMA, Washington – The Puget Sound baseball team opens its 2017 season with a three-game series at Pomona-Pitzer starting on Friday, Feb. 3, at 2 p.m. Following the single game on Friday, the Loggers and Sagehens have a doubleheader on Saturday, starting at 11 a.m. Puget Sound remains in California for a single game at Whittier on Sunday. First pitch is scheduled for 11 a.m.

 

 WHO

 Puget Sound at Pomona Pitzer

 WHEN  

 Friday, Feb. 3, 2 p.m. | Saturday, Feb. 4, 11 a.m. (DH) 

 WHERE

 Alumni Field | Claremont, Calif. 

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 WHO

 Puget Sound at Whittier

 WHEN  

 Sunday, Feb. 5, 11 a.m. 

 WHERE

 Memorial Field | Whittier, Calif. 

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Key returners

Juniors James Dejesus and Cal Muramaru return to the outfield for Puget Sound. The speedy duo should provide terrific defense and tear up the base paths. Muramaru had 18 steals in 2016, while Dejesus finished with nine. Senior Ian Hughes will man first base after tying for the team lead with four home runs last spring. Layne Croney looks Layne Croney looks too put an injury-plagued 2016 season behind him, and instead build off his successful 2015 campaign. Two seasons ago, Croney led the Loggers with a .516 slugging percentage through 124 at-bats. He also hit .347 to go along with three homers, eight doubles, and two triples. Puget Sound returns an abundance of experience to the mound. Merle Rowan-Kennedy tossed nearly 100 innings through the past two seasons. David Follett was dominant out of the bullpen against NWC opponents last year en route to being named an All-NWC Honorable Mention. Eric Crispellposted three wins in seven starts in 2016, and Joshua Zavisubin was utilized as both a starter (five starts) and out of the bullpen through his 14 appearances last year.

 

NWC preseason poll

Puget Sound is predicted to finish seventh in the Northwest Conference, according to the preseason poll of the league's head coaches. Whitman and Willamette are expected to finish behind the Loggers. Whitworth is favored to win its second consecutive NWC title.

 

Scouting Pomona-Pitzer

The Sagehens finished 20-19 overall last year, including a 13-15 record in the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC). Tanner Nishioka was named a D3baseball.com Preseason All-American after hitting .418 with seven home runs last year. The Sagehens hit .334 as a team in 2016, but the pitching staff posted a 6.31 ERA.

 

Scouting Whittier

The Poets finished their 2016 campaign with a 15-24 overall record and a 12-16 mark in the SCIAC. Whittier hosts Northwest Conference member Willamette for three games before Sunday's bout against the Loggers. The Poets hit .286 as a team in 2016, and the pitching staff finished with a 6.45 ERA.

 

 

 

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