TACOMA, Wash. – The Puget Sound baseball team fell victim to late inning magic from Whitworth as the Pirates (6-3-1) took the first game of the doubleheader 14-2 before the two teams played to a 7-7 tie in the second game.
Game 1 – L, 2-14
Whitworth scored a dozen run over the final two frames to win in convincing fashion over the Loggers (2-3-1).
Yu also collected the Loggers other RBI when his sac fly plated Andrew Grady in the bottom of the fifth to give the Loggers a 2-1 lead. Michael Takamura responded for the Pirates in the sixth with a sacrifice bunt that knotted the game at 2-2.
After a scoreless seventh, the Whitworth bats came to life with six runs in each of the last two frames. Tyler Pfeffer highlighted the eighth inning rally with a bases-loaded double that brought home all three runners. Scott added a two-out double in the ninth.
Spense Ansett went eight innings to get the win for the Pirates while Luke Englert took the loss.
Matt Robinson pitched five strong innings for the Loggers, allowing one run on four hits while striking out three.
Game 2 – T, 7-7
More late inning magic blessed the Pirates bats in the second game as they were down to their last strike before tying up the game at 7-7. The teams played one extra inning before the game was called due to darkness.
Will Mentor saw his bat come to life in the nightcap, going 3-for-5 in the game. Mentor also had three RBI with two coming on a two-run homer in the third inning. Mentor drove a pitch to deep left field and his line drive stayed elevated just long enough to clear the fence.
His blast gave the Loggers a 3-2 lead at the time. Whitworth took a two-run lead in the top of the first on RBI-singles from Pfeffer and Paul Miller.
From there, Nate Aguiar went to work on the mound with 6.2 solid innings. He struck out three and tossed five shutout innings.
Casey Coberly helped the Loggers build a 7-2 lead with RBI singles in the third and sixth innings. Coberly, Mentor and Carter strung together back-to-back-to-back RBI hits in the sixth to boost the Logger lead to 7-2.
However, Whitworth scored two in the eighth and one in the ninth on a fielders choice to cut the lead to 7-5. Joshua Davis's walk loaded the bases for the Pirates and Gerhard Mulheims delivered a double down the left field line to promptly tie up the game at 7-7.
Both teams went quieltly in the tenth before darkness forced the game to end in a tie.
The Loggers are scheduled to take on Concordia tomorrow at 2 p.m. as a rescheduled game from this weekend.