TACOMA, Wash. – The Puget Sound baseball team fell twice to 15th-ranked Linfield on Sunday in a Northwest Conference doubleheader. The Wildcats (16-7, 13-5 NWC) received some timely hitting to break away in both games as the Loggers (4-21-1, 1-11 NWC) hung around in the early goings.
Game 1 – L, 1-4
Linfield got on top early and didn't look back as it held on for the 4-1 win. Matt Robinson went eight strong innings, scattering eight hits and allowing just three earned runs (four total) while striking out six. However, Ryan Larson was equal to the task for Linfield as he held the Loggers to one unearned run through seven innings for the win.
Nick Fisher put the Wildcats on top with a solo homer in the second and the Wildcats added on another one on Jordan Harlow's single for a 2-0 lead.
Both teams came up empty in the fourth but the Wildcats added another run in the fifth for insurance and padded their lead with an unearned run in the eighth. The Logger offense was unable to get to the Wildcat pitching as Casey Coberly's double in the fifth posed the last threat of the game for the Loggers.
Game 2 – L, 3-8
The Loggers held an early 2-1 lead but couldn't hold on as the Linfield bats erupted in the fifth and sixth innings to complete the doubleheader sweep.
The Loggers took the lead in the third as Connor Savage came home on a wild pitch to break a 1-1 tie after reaching on an error to lead off the inning. Kaulana Smith had singled home Lucas Stone in the bottom of the second for the Loggers first run.
After a scoreless fourth, Linfield strung together five consecutive singles to start the inning to spark a rally. Kramer Lindell tied up the game with an RBI-single and Kyle Chamberlain plated two with the fifth in the string of singles to regain the lead for Linfield.
Taylor Volz entered after a walk reloaded the bases and shut the door on the rally. The first batter he faced hit into a 1-2-3 double play and the next struck out looking to get the Loggers out of a dangerous jam.
However, Linfield wasn't done as they added four more runs in the sixth on a pair of doubles and a pair of singles for the 8-2 lead.
Volz tossed the last three innings after allowing the four runs (three earned) in the sixth to finish the game for the Loggers. Zach Manley earned the win and Justin Huckins tossed the final three innings for a save.
The Loggers added a final run in the ninth on a fielder's choice before Huckins closed the book on the game. The Loggers and Wildcats are due to play at 3 p.m. tomorrow in the final game of their three-game NWC series.