Puget Sound faces four SCIAC teams in California

Puget Sound faces four SCIAC teams in California

TACOMA, Washington – The Puget Sound baseball team returns to the Golden State to take on four Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) teams over the course of four days. The Loggers have a doubleheader at Whittier (March 16), followed by single games at Occidental (March 17), at Cal Lutheran (March 18), and at Pomona-Pitzer (March 19).

 

March 16   at Whittier  Live Stats | Live Video 
March 17  at Occidental   Live coverage TBD 
March 18  at Cal Lutheran   Live Stats
March 19  at Pomona-Pitzer   Live Stats | Live Video 

 

Redemption trip

Puget Sound began the 2019 in California (Feb. 8-9), where the Loggers lost the season-opener at Pomona-Pitzer (14-4), followed by doubleheader losses at Occidental (8-0; 12-3). Between those three games, the Loggers totaled 10 extra-base hits, but only seven runs.

 

Mason Quin-win

Puget Sound first baseman Mason Quinlan hit a walk-off single against Pacific Lutheran, March 10. With the game tied up, 5-5, Kyle Strash led off the bottom of the ninth with a double. Two batters later, Quinlan ripped the game-winning hit to deep left-center field.  

 

Jake gets jacked

Sophomore corner infield Jake Brady launched his first-career home run March 10 against Pacific Lutheran. The Loggers put a couple of runners on base while trailing 4-2 in the bottom of the eighth inning. Brady was called upon to pinch-hit, and he belted a go-ahead home run that helped the Loggers to a win over the Lutes.

 

Starting on the hill

After a slow start to the season, Puget Sound starting pitchers have found a groove in March. Through the last six games, Logger starters have combined for a 3.41 ERA. During that stretch, freshman Davis Miller has allowed only four earned runs in 13.1 innings (2.70 ERA).

 

Doubling up

Puget Sound has hit multiple doubles in each of its last four games. Mason Quinlan is tied for NWC doubles (8), while Jack Gries ranks fifth in the conference (6).

 

Scouting the SCIAC opponents

Whittier (3-7) is in the midst of a five-game losing streak, and the Poets host Bowdoin (March 15) the day before playing the Loggers. Whittier is last in the SCIAC in hitting (.223) and slugging (.311). Occidental (12-4) is 5-1 against Northwest Conference teams, with wins over Puget Sound, Willamette, and Whitworth, and a loss to Whitman. The Tigers have the best ERA in the SCIAC (3.11), and the second-best batting average (.310). Cal Lutheran recently had a five-game winning streak snapped by Ithaca (March 10). The Kingsmen's 3.28 ERA is the third-best in the SCIAC. Pomona-Pitzer (8-3) leads the SCIAC in slugging with a .443 mark, and the Sagehens' pitching staff has allowed fewest walks in the conference (36).