Puget Sound 9, College of Idaho 5
The Coyotes won their first eight games of the season, but that streak was put to a halt when the Loggers (2-4) came to town. Puget Sound posted five runs in the fourth inning and added a few insurance runs in the late innings to win the first game of a three-game series.
College of Idaho held a 2-0 lead entering the fourth, but Nathan Backes started the Loggers' big rally with a one-out walk. Funyak followed with a single that put runners on the corners, and Alex Sierra's stepped to the dish for an RBI base hit to put the Loggers on the board.
Ben Jones followed suit with Puget Sound's third consecutive single, loading the bases for James Dejesus. The centerfielder came through with a two-run base hit to right field, as Jones advanced to third base. Layne Croney laid down a squeeze bunt that plated Jones, and a fielding error by the pitcher off the bat of Matt Shelhamer brought Dejesus in for the fifth run of the stanza.
The Loggers got another in the fifth when Zerio and Backes hit consecutive singles, and a throwing error followed by a passed ball allowed Zerio to score. The Loggers put the nail in the coffin with two runs in the ninth. Nickolas Alarcio scored on a single by Backes, and Funyak drove in Zerio with an RBI single.
Starting pitcher Eric Crispell earned the win after throwing five innings, striking out five, and allowed three earned runs. Joshua Zavisubin earned the four-inning save, yielding just two runs on three hits.
Puget Sound 1, College of Idaho 12
The Loggers found themselves in a 4-0 hole through five innings, but showed signs of chipping away with a run in the sixth. Nackan Backes hit a one-out double to left field, and Nick Funyak's single to left drove in the Logger third baseman.
College of Idaho quickly plated two more runs in the bottom of the sixth, and put the game out of reach with six runs in the seventh. Freshman starting pitcher Tyler Huling took the loss, despite allowing only two earned runs through 4.2 innings.
The rubber match on Sunday, Feb. 14, begins at 10 a.m. (PT).
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