Croney homers, but the Loggers drop two to Pacific Lutheran

Photo by Patty Hosmer.
Photo by Patty Hosmer.

TACOMA, WashingtonLayne Croney hit his third home run of the season, but the Puget Sound baseball team lost both ends of a home doubleheader against Pacific Lutheran on Saturday afternoon.

Puget Sound 7, Pacific Lutheran 11

The Lutes (22-8, 14-6 NWC) jumped out to a 5-0 lead after the first two innings, and they added four more runs in the top of the sixth to claim a daunting 9-0 advantage. However, the Loggers began to chip away in the bottom of the sixth.

James Dejesus led off with a walk, and Croney (2-for-4, HR, 2 RBI, 2 R) put Puget Sound (15-17, 13-10 NWC) on the board with a two-run shot that cleared the right field wall. The Loggers loaded the bases in the seventh inning with consecutive singles by Nathan Backes (1-for-4, R), Nick Funyak (1-for-3, RBI, R), and Kaulana Smith (1-for-2). Dejesus hit into a fielder's choice that scored Backes, and Nickolas Alarcio (1-for-5, 2 RBI) smacked a two-run single to bring the Loggers to within 10-5.

A sac fly by Funyak in the eighth and a fielding error by the Lutes that allowed Croney to score in the ninth accounted for the Loggers' final two runs.

Puget Sound 3, Pacific Lutheran 8

Puget Sound committed six errors, including three in the sixth inning, which helped the Lutes to their second win of the afternoon.

Pacific Lutheran claimed a 5-0 lead through three-and-a-half innings, but the Loggers struck for two runs in the bottom of the fourth. Alarcio (1-for-4, R) singled up the middle with one out, and Chris Zerio (2-for-4, R, 2B, SB) followed with a double to centerfield to put two runners in scoring position. Bobby Hosmer's (0-for-3, RBI) sac fly right field scored Alarcio, and Backes (2-for-4, R, RBI) drove in Zerio with a single to center.

Puget Sound scored its third run in the seventh inning. Zerio led off with a single and moved to third on a single by Smith. Cal Muramaru (2-for-4, RBI) drove in Zerio with a base hit up the middle.

The Loggers and Lutes conclude their three-game series on Sunday, April 12, at 12 p.m. Puget Sound will honor its senior class prior to first pitch. 


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