LACEY, Wash. – Battling the rain, wind and the Whitworth Pirates, the Puget Sound baseball team suffered three losses on Monday at the Regional Athletic Complex in Lacey, Wash.
The Pirates (9-5-1, 3-0 NWC) won game one of the series, which was started on Saturday. The teams were tied at 10-10 heading into extra innings when the game was paused due to rain.
Justin Liu started the rally when he reached on a Logger error. Ryan Beecroft came in to pinch run and later scored on a Michael Takemura single. Kevin Valerio scored later in the inning on a squeeze bunt from Gerhard Mulheims.
In the Loggers half of the tenth, the Loggers (3-13-1, 1-5 NWC) put the tying run on base before Whitworth ended the rally and took the win.
Game 2 – L, 8-15
Whitworth rode the momentum of its first win and took advantage of eight Loggers errors to win game two 15-8. Tyler Pfeffer led the Pirates' offensive outburst, going 3-for-5 with three RBI and four runs scored. Paul Miller also had three hits while Mulheims and Nick Motsinger each had two RBI.
The Pirates sprinted out to an 8-0 lead through the first four frames before the Loggers got on the board with a pair of runs in the bottom half of the fourth. In the sixth, the Pirates responded with six runs to boost their lead to 14-2.
The Loggers scored in each of the last four innings, totaling six runs but it wasn't quite enough to erase the sizeable deficit.
While the Loggers continued to score, Jeff Walton cooled down the Pirate offense through his 3.1 innings of work. He allowed just one hit (a home run to Pfeffer) and struck out one.
Game 3 – L, 7-13
Five runs in the sixth inning looked to swing momentum in the Loggers favor but the Pirates once again found a way to comeback with six runs in the eighth to key the win.
Down 2-0, Coberly triple down the right field line to bring home Webster and Connor Savage and tie the game at 2-2. Will Mentor knocked in Coberly moments later and Jake Boley later singled into right field to bring home two more runs for a 5-2 Logger lead.
The Pirates scored two runs in the top half of the seventh after a Logger error extended the inning to cut the lead to 5-4. Then came the eighth inning where the Pirates scored six runs to retake the lead at 10-5. The Pirates needed just three hits and a Logger error to plate the half dozen, game-changing runs.
Stephen Kelsey and Connor Savage brought home two more runs in the bottom of the eighth but Whitworth scored three more in the ninth to build the big lead and put away the game.
The Loggers received a solid start from Lucas Stone. Stone went seven innings and allowed four runs although only one was earned. He struck out two while issuing just one walk and left the game with a 5-4. Whitworth used six pitchers in the game with Landon Scott earning the victory.
The Loggers head down to southern California for four games next weekend. The first of which is a matchup with Cal Lutheran on Friday.