Maier dominant in 5-3 win over Redlands

Photo by Patty Hosmer.
Photo by Patty Hosmer.

REDLANDS, CaliforniaCollin Maier struck out eight while allowing just two earned runs through 7.2 innings as the Puget Sound baseball team opened its three-game series at Redlands with a 5-3 win on Friday afternoon.

Four Loggers (16-19) finished with multiple hits, and the team's 12 hits marks the 21st time this season they have collected at least 10 in a game.

Maier's dominant performance included striking out the side in the second inning, as all three Bulldogs went down swinging (23-10)

Puget Sound opened the scoring with a four-run third inning. Johnny Hosmer (2-for-4, R, 2B) hit a leadoff single up the middle and James Dejesus (1-for-3, R, RBI, SB) reached on an error by the third baseman, as the miscue allowed Hosmer to score all the way from first.

Connor Savage (2-for-5, R, RBI, 3B) followed with an RBI triple to right-center field, and Nickolas Alarcio (1-for-4, RBI) followed with a sac fly to right field, giving the Loggers a 3-0 advantage. Chris Zerio (2-for-5, R, 2B) then doubled to left-center with the bases empty, and he advanced to third on a groundout by Bobby Hosmer (0-for-4). Nathan Backes (1-for-4, RBI) smacked a single back up the middle for Puget Sound's fourth run of the frame.

The Loggers added another run in fourth inning after Layne Croney (2-for-4, R, 2B) led off with a double and advanced to third on Hosmer's groundout. Dejesus beat out a single to second base as Croney touched home plate to put the Loggers ahead, 5-0.

Redlands got a run in the seventh and two more in the eighth, but David Torigoe shut the door on the Bulldogs by tossing a hitless ninth inning for his second save of the season.

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