TACOMA, Washington – Nick Ultsch hit a pinch-hit, two-run single the eighth inning to lead the Puget Sound baseball team to an 11-10 victory over Pacific Lutheran at Cheney Stadium Thursday night.
Andrew Matsueda shut the door on the Lutes in exciting fashion. With a runner on base and two outs in the top of the ninth, Northwest Confernce Player of the Year Jacob Bockelie stepped to the plate. Matsueda needed just three pitches to striek out Bockelie and end the game.
There were seven lead changes in the game.
The Loggers trailed, 2-0, after the first inning, but Puget Sound put three runs on the board in the bottom of the second. Tyler Brazelton drew a two-out walk, and he scored on a double by James Dejesus. Connor Dunn followed by ripping a triple to deep centerfield, and Jack Gries gave the Loggers a 3-2 lead with a RBI double.
Pacific Lutheran took a 4-3 lead after three innings, but Puget Sound struck for three more runs in the bottom of the fifth. Mason Quinlan tied the score with a double that plated Gries, and Ryan Moyes' sac fly allowed Jordan Hirae to score.
Ricardo Barraza drove in the inning's third run with a triple that allowed Quinlan to reach home.
The season closes with three games this weekend, starting with a 4 p.m. game against Pacific, Saturday, April 28. Pacific Lutheran is hosting the Loggers' games this weekend.