FRISCO, Texas—The Puget Sound baseball squad tallied their first two losses of the 2014 season Saturday night, falling 6-4 to Texas-Dallas and 9-0 to Hardin-Simmons at Dr. Pepper Ballpark in Frisco, Texas. With the two games Saturday, the Loggers wrap up their trip to Texas with a 1-2 record.
GAME 1: Texas-Dallas 6, Puget Sound 4
The Comets scored the game's first four runs, getting three off Puget Sound starter Jarrod Beiser in the third and chasing him after 2.2 innings. They then tagged Puget Sound's reliever David Torigoe for one run each in the fourth and fifth innings, but only the run in the fourth was an earned run.
The Puget Sound offense did all its damage in the fifth and sixth innings, plating one in the fifth and three in the sixth. Bobby Hosmer brought home the Loggers' first run, grounding out to second base but bringing Christian Carter home and sending Nathan Backes to third in the process. The next two Logger batters struck out to end the Puget Sound threat.
In the sixth, the Loggers scored two unearned runs thanks to a throwing error by Texas-Dallas catcher Bobby Garner. Connor Savage scored thanks to the poor throw after advancing to third on a ground ball from Lucas Stone. The throw allowed Savage to advance to the plate, scoring the Loggers' second run. Two batters later, Carter tallied an RBI by drawing a walk with the bases loaded, sending Troy Kakugawa to home plate, Stone to third base, and Nick Funyak to second. After Backes popped out, Hosmer belted a sacrifice fly to left field, scoring Stone to bring the Logger deficit to just one.
All Puget Sound runs came off Texas-Dallas starter Micah Easterling, who was pulled from the game after walking Carter to walk in a run. Nick Cummings threw 3.0 scoreless innings in relief for the Comets, and Brandon Clounch took over in the ninth for the save. Easterling earned the win, however, as he left with the lead, while the Loggers' Beiser was tagged with the loss. He falls to 0-1 on the season.
GAME 2: Hardin-Simmons 9, Puget Sound 0
The Loggers' second game of the day was controlled by Hardin-Simmons. The Cowboys scored two in the second inning, loading the bases with the first three batters then scoring runs on both a fielder's choice and a single. The Texas squad scored in each of the last four innings to extend their lead to nine and clinch the victory.
Puget Sound used six different pitchers in the contest with Anthony Brady earning the start. He threw 2.0 innings in his first collegiate start, allowing two runs on three hits while striking out five. Kian Kurokawa had another strong performance in his first weekend in college baseball, throwing 3.0 innings of two-hit ball, striking out two batters while only walking two as well. Two Logger pitchers made their career debuts Saturday night against Hardin-Simmons as Chris Moreno and Collin Maier took the mound during the game. Another freshman, Javin Nohara also made an appearance against the Loggers, but he made his collegiate debut earlier in the day against Texas-Dallas.
Offensively, the Loggers scattered seven hits with Funyak leading the way with two. Savage, Kakugawa, Carter, Backes, and JB Eary also tallied hits against the Cowboys.
The Loggers (1-2) have one more weekend of non-conference action before starting Northwest Conference play. They head to Portland, Ore., for four games in the CCC-NWC Challenge from Feb. 21 to 23, beginning with a neutral site game against Oregon Tech at 2:00 p.m. on Feb. 21 at Porter Park on the Concordia (Ore.) campus. They finish play on Feb. 21 by playing tournament host Concordia, again at Porter Park.