TACOMA, Washington – The Puget Sound baseball team rallied for three runs in the eighth inning to beat Pacific Lutheran, 5-2, in the first home game and first Northwest Conference game of the 2017 season on Friday afternoon.
All tied up, 2-2, the home half of the eighth stanza began with a James Dejesus single on a line to centerfield. Ian Hughes followed with a single through the left side to put two runners on with nobody out for the Loggers (4-4, 1-0 NWC).
Nathan Mano stepped in as a pinch hitter and dropped down a sacrifice bunt. The PLU (2-2, 0-1 NWC) first baseman fielded the ball cleanly, but his throw to third base sailed up the left-field line, allowing Dejesus to score the go-ahead run. Hughes moved up to third base and Mano scampered into second base.
Connor Dunn stepped to the plate with runners in scoring position, and the shortstop delivered with a two-run single that deflected off the pitcher.
The Lutes made a bid to score more runs in the top of the ninth when they loaded the bases with one out. However, Michael Warnick induced consecutive groundouts, including a force out at home plate, to seal the win.
Warnick and Eric Crispell combined to work 3.1 shutout innings out of the bullpen, yielding three hits and two walks.
Joshua Zavisubin was solid in his third start of the year on the hill, allowing just one earned run on four hits in 5.2 innings. The junior struck out four and walked three.
Dunn finished the game 2-for-3 with three RBI, while Dejesus went 1-for-4 with two runs and came away with his third stolen base of the season.
The Loggers and Lutes continue their three-game series with a doubleheader on Saturday, Feb. 18, at 10 a.m.
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