FOREST GROVE, Ore. – Freshman Connor Savage went 3-for-5 but the Puget Sound baseball team fell 5-2 on Sunday as Pacific completed a three-game sweep to stay atop the NWC standings. Both Logger (9-26-1, 5-16 NWC) runs came in the top of the ninth but a three-run fifth boosted the Boxers (20-14, 17-4 NWC) to the win.
Kevin Schwartz's double in the third gave the Boxers their first run. It was Schwartz again in the fifth with a two-RBI single in the fifth that highlighted the three-run inning. Nick Tasaka followed it up with a sacrifice fly for the innings third run.
The Loggers had loaded the bases with two outs in the top half of the inning when Stephen Kelsey and Will Mentor walked on either side of a Savage single. However, Pacific starter Chad Fahey found his way found his way out of the jam unscathed.
Fahey went 8.1 innings with six strikeouts and was charged with both Logger runs. He also pitched his way out a bases loaded situation in the second when a single, Pacific error and a hit by pitch had a Logger on each base with no outs. Fahey was able to fan the next two batters and force a groundout to end the threat.
The Loggers left 12 runners on base and left the bases loaded three times in the game.
Pacific added more run in the eighth before the Loggers were able to get to Fahey in the ninth. Johnny Hosmer singled to open the inning and Christian Carter later singled with one out to put runners on the corners with one out. Casey Coberly promptly drove in Hosmer with a single up the middle for the Loggers first run.
After a pitching change, Savage knocked another single to load the bases with one out for the Loggers. A second run came in on a Mentor groundout but the Loggers still had two in scoring position with two outs. Tucker Barney loaded the bases again when he drew a walk Jared Van Hoon took over on the mound and ended the rally with a strikeout that also ended the game.
The Loggers return home next weekend for their final series of the season when they host Willamette beginning on Saturday at noon.