PORTLAND, Oregon – The Puget Sound baseball team rallied for three runs in the ninth inning to beat Lewis & Clark in the second game of a doubleheader at Concordia on Wednesday.
Puget Sound 2, Lewis & Clark 3
The Pioneers (5-20, 5-10 NWC) grabbed a 1-0 lead in the first inning, and they added one more run in the fifth inning before the Loggers (10-13, 6-8 NWC) evened the score in the sixth.
Nolan Wiler led off with a walk and moved into scoring position thanks to a sac bunt by AJ Koch. Cal Muramaru followed with a bunt single that put runners on the corners with one out. James Dejesus hit into a fielder's choice that allowed Wiler to score, and an error by the shortstop kept both Muramaru and Dejesus on the base paths.
Following a fly out by Quinlan, Ian Hughes smacked a single to right field as Muramaru came home to score the tying run.
The 2-2 score was brief, however, as Lewis & Clark pushed a run across the plate in the bottom of the sixth inning.
Puget Sound 7, Lewis & Clark 6
The Loggers found themselves in a 6-4 hole entering the ninth inning, but Puget Sound rallied for three runs and Michael Warnick recorded his league-leading seventh save of the season in a 7-6 win over the Pioneers.
Cal Muramaru and James Dejesus were both hit by pitches to leadoff the top of the ninth inning. The speedy outfielders then executed a double-steal to put two runners in scoring position for Mason Quinlan.
The first baseman answered the call with a two-run double down the right-field line to tie the game, 6-6.
Quinlan finished the game 2-for-5 at the plate. Matthew Hicks earned his first win of the season after coming out of the bullpen in the eighth inning to strike out two of the three batters he faced.
Given the single game against Whitworth on Monday, and the upcoming three-game series at Whitman this weekend, Puget Sound used eight pitchers to beat Lewis & Clark. Only Makoa Mau pitched two innings, while seven other Loggers tossed one inning, apiece. They combined to allow two earned runs to go along with 10 strikeouts.
The Loggers begin their three-game stint at the Blues on Saturday, April 1, at 12 p.m.
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