Gries totals five hits, Warnick sharp in split against Pirates

Gries totals five hits, Warnick sharp in split against Pirates

SPOKANE, WashingtonMichael Warnick was sharp and the top of the Loggers' lineup did some damage as the Puget Sound baseball team split a doubleheader at Whitworth Sunday afternoon. Puget Sound recorded at least 10 hits in each game Sunday, and the Loggers now have double-digit hits in seven of their last eight games.

 

Puget Sound  6, Whitworth 5

Michael Warnick allowed just two earned runs in 7.2 innings, struck out eight, and improved to 5-1 on the season as the Loggers (13-11, 7-7 NWC) held on for a 6-5 win over the Pirates (12-13, 7-7 NWC).

The first four batters in Puget Sound's lineup each finished with two hits, and combined to go 8-for-19 at the plate. Jack Gries went 2-for-5 and scored three times, while Nick Ultsch went 2-for-5 and drove in three runs.

The Loggers got on the board in the first inning after Gries led off with a double, advanced to third on a Kyle Strash single, and scored on a base hit by Ultsch. Ricardo Barraza then reached on a fielder's choice that allowed Strash to score and give the Loggers a 2-0 edge. 

Whitworth struck for two runs in the third inning, but Puget Sound got those two runs back in the fifth. After Gries reached on an error and Strash drew a walk, Ultsch ripped a two-run double down the left-field line.

Whitworth briefly claimed a one-run lead, 5-4, in the bottom of the fifth inning. However, an RBI triple by Gries in the sixth inning followed by an RBI from Strash gave the Loggers a 6-5 lead that they held on to for good. 

Dakota Marley locked down his second save of the season.

 

Puget Sound 6, Whitworth 15

Jack Gries continued to swing a hot bat, but the Pirates' 9-1 lead through two innings was too much to overcome.

Gries finished 3-for-5 with a run, an RBI, and a double. Jack Golbranson finished 2-for-4 with a pair of doubles and two runs scored for the Loggers. Nolan Wiler also knocked in a run and went 2-for-4 at the plate. 

The Loggers host a game against Lewis & Clark, Tuesday, March 27, at 3:30 p.m.

 

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