WHITTIER, California – Ian Hughes gathered three hits and freshman Joe Brennan was solid in his first collegiate start on the mound, but the Puget Sound baseball team lost to Whittier, 4-3, on Sunday.
The Loggers (1-4) got on the board first in the top of the fourth inning. James Dejesus hit a one-out double, and Hughes followed with an RBI single. Whittier (2-2) answered back with a run in the bottom of the stanza.
Hughes kept the hot bat going with a two-out double in the sixth inning, and he scored on an error by the third baseman to give the Loggers a 2-1 edge. However, Whittier was once again prompt to answer and evened the score, 2-2, through six innings.
The Poets rallied for a pair of runs in the seventh inning, but the Loggers nearly came back in the ninth inning. Connor Dunn led off with a pinch-hit double, and Tyler Brazelton came through with a clutch two-out RBI double to cut the deficit to 4-3. Layne Croney followed with a single, but Brazelton was thrown out at home plate for the game's final out.
Brennan allowed just three hits and one earned run through five innings, and he finished with five strikeouts.
The Loggers take on both Whitworth and Willamette on Saturday, Feb. 11, in Wilsonville, Oregon. First pitch against the Pirates is scheduled for 11 a.m.
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