FOREST GROVE, Oregon – The Puget Sound baseball team improved its record to 6-2 in conference play as it swept Pacific (Ore.) on the road Saturday afternoon.
Game 1: Puget Sound 15, Pacific (Ore.) 2
Puget Sound (8-7, 6-2 NWC) starting pitcher Collin Maier picked up his third win of the season. He gave up just six hits through eight innings, allowing only one run while striking out five.
After two scoreless innings, the Loggers broke the game open in the third with a four-run inning. Connor Savage (3-for-6, 3 R) led off the inning with a single and scored off of Chris Zerio's (1-for-4, 2 R, RBI) short single to the pitcher. The Loggers scored the remaining three runs with two-outs following Nathan Backes (1-for-3, RBI) sacrifice fly to score Nickolas Alarcio (3-for-4, 2 R, RBI).
Following the third inning, the Loggers scored runs in every other inning, except the seventh, including a five-run ninth inning. Logan Day (1-for-1, 2 R, RBI) began the scoring in the ninth inning by hitting a bases loaded single to score Ehn Nishioka (0-for-2, 2 R).
Pacific's (2-9, 1-6 NWC) two runs in the game were unearned.
Game 2: Puget Sound 12, Pacific (Ore.) 3
The Loggers scored at least 10 runs for the fourth game in a row as they completed the doubleheader sweep over Pacific.
Each team scored a run in the first inning but Puget Sound jumped out to a 3-1 lead in the second inning. Troy Kakugawa (1-for-4, 2 R) led off the inning with a double and scored when James DeJesus (1-for-3, RBI) singled to left field. The other run was scored as Savage (3-for-5, 2 R, RBI) bunted to get on base and advanced to second on a single from Alacrio (2-for-6, 2 R, RBI). He then scored as Zerio (3-for-5, R, 4 RBI) singled to left center.
Pacific came back to tie the game at 3-3 with a run in both the fourth and fifth innings. The tie was short lived however as the Loggers came back to score in the top of the sixth inning. They took a 4-3 lead as Savage hit in Kaulana Smith (2-for-4, 2 R).
Puget Sound secured the win with an eight-run eighth inning while defensively, David Torigoe struck out five Boxers in the last four innings and did not allow a run. The Loggers sent 13 batters to the plate during their big eighth inning. The highlight of the inning was a bases clearing triple by Zerio that scored Savage, Alarcio and Muramaru (0-for-1, R).
The Loggers go for the series sweep of Pacific (Ore.) tomorrow, Sunday, March 8 at 12pm.
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