High-powered offense heads to Whitworth for three games

High-powered offense heads to Whitworth for three games

TACOMA, Washington – The Northwest Conference's best offense travels east for a three-game series at Whitworth, starting with a 12 p.m. doubleheader Saturday, March 24, at 12 p.m.

 

WHO

 Puget Sound at Whitworth

 WHERE

 Spokane, Wash. | Merkel Field  

 WHEN

 March 24-25 | 12 p.m. (DH 3/24)

 LIVE STATS 

 All Games

 LIVE VIDEO 

 All Games

 

Getting offensive

Puget Sound leads the NWC in runs per game with 7.9. The next-closest mark is George Fox's 7.3 runs per game. The Loggers also lead the NWC in on-base percentage (.404), slugging percentage (.422), and rank second in batting average (.299).

 

From bats to arms

Makoa Mau has been dominant in consecutive starts, including a complete-game, 10-strikeout performance at Linfield (March 10) that landed him the NWC Pitcher of the Week honor. More recently, Mau tossed eight shutout innings in a win against Pacific (March 17). Joe Brennan tossed seven shutout innings in his most recent start – a win over Pacific (March 17).

 

Quinlan quickly tears it up

Mason Quinlan had a big game during the Loggers' 14-5 victory over Pacific (March 18). He homered twice, added an RBI single, knocked in four runs, and scored four times. Quinlan's .381 batting average ranks sixth in the NWC, and his .560 slugging percentage is ninth.

 

Strash duty

Freshman Kyle Strash is the Loggers' leading hitter with a .382 batting average, which also ranks fifth in the NWC. His .500 on-base percentage is second in the league.

 

Spreading the opportunity

Seven Loggers have at least 10 RBI this season. Mason Quinlan and Nick Ultsch are tied for the team-lead with 17, and Kyle Strash has 15.

 

Scouting Whitworth (10-12, 5-6 NWC)

The Pirates enter this weekend with five consecutive losses – three at Pacific Lutheran and two against Whitman. Before the current losing streak, Whitworth swept then nationally-ranked George Fox in three games. Hugh Smith's 2.25 ERA is third in the NWC, and he's averaging nearly a strikeout per inning (27 Ks in 28 IP). Taylor Poffenroth leads the team in hitting with a .352 average, and his five home runs are fourth in the league.

 

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