Baseball earns sweep with 11-3 win over Pioneers

Baseball earns sweep with 11-3 win over Pioneers

TACOMA, Wash.—The Puget Sound baseball squad earned its first three-game sweep of the 2014 season Sunday, brushing past Lewis & Clark 11-3 at Logger Field in Tacoma, Wash. They finished off the three-game series against the Pioneers that began with two Logger victories April 12.

The Loggers' bats started the game hot, tallying four runs on four hits in the first inning. Connor Savage ripped a one-out single get the bats going, and he moved to third base when Chris Zerio followed up with a base knock to right. In the next at bat, Zerio took off for second base. Lewis & Clark catcher Andrew Traver tried to catch Zerio, stealing. Savage took off on the throw, scoring when Traver couldn't hold onto the ball during the play at the plate, scoring for the Loggers. Nathan Backes brought Zerio home with a single through the left side to give the Loggers a 2-0 advantage. Finally, Addison Melzer doubled the lead with a blast over the left center field fence, plating himself and Backes with his second homer of the season.

In the bottom of the third, the home team added to its lead with another run. Jeff Walton brought him in with an RBI single, but Walton was thrown out trying to stretch the hit into a double. Backes followed up the play with a triple to deep center field, but he couldn't advance the final 90 feet as the Loggers ended the inning up 5-0. They added another run in the fourth when Alarcio dodged Travers' attempted tag at the plate. 

Lewis & Clark got five hits off Puget Sound starter Lucas Stone in the second, third, and fourth innings. The Logger hurler got out of the jams unscathed, however, by getting the Pioneers to strand two runners in each frame They finally got to Stone in the top of the fifth, however, when they tagged the him for three runs and cut the Puget Sound lead to three.

The home squad got those runs back and more in the bottom of the sixth. They put up five runs on four hits and three Pioneer errors for the scoring outburst, headlined by a two RBI double by Backes. Backes' rip down the left field line plated Zerio and Savage. Pinch hitter Bobby Hosmer also brought in a run, plating Backes on a hard-hit single to second base. The run-filled inning gave the Loggers an 11-3 lead with three innings to play. Neither team scored in the final three innings and the game ended at 11-3.

By scoring 11 runs, the Loggers tallied their second-biggest offensive output of the season. Both Backes and Savage smacked thee hits Sunday, with Backes bringing in three RBI and scoring two runs on a single, double, and a triple. Savage brought in one RBI but scored three runs himself. Stone went 7.0 innings on the mound, allowing three runs – just one earned run – while fanning four Pioneer batters. Both David Torigoe and Chris Moreno threw one inning of shutout ball each at the end of the contest.

With the win, Puget Sound advances to 8-10 in Northwest Conference play (10-17 overall) and fifth place in the conference standings. The Loggers next travel to Forest Grove, Ore., for a three-game series at Pacific. The two squads will play two games on April 19 with the doubleheader starting at 12:00 p.m.