TACOMA, Washington – The Puget Sound baseball team's home season opened with a ceremony to thank the Ben B. Cheney Foundation and the Cheney family for a grant that allowed the Loggers to construct new elevated spectator stands and a press box. The Puget Sound athletic department presented Ben Cheney's son, Brad, with a commemorative home plate. Ben Cheney's grandson, Henry, threw out the season's first pitch at Logger Baseball Field.
Puget Sound 3, Lewis & Clark 5
The Loggers (2-7, 2-0 NWC) opened the bottom of the first inning with consecutive bunts by Cal Muramaru and Nickolas Alarcio. Muramaru reached on an infield single, and then he sprinted to a vacant third base follow Alarcio's sac bunt. Chris Zerio followed with an RBI single to left field, giving the Loggers an early 1-0 lead.
The Pioneers (5-3, 2-0 NWC) posted a one run in both the second and third innings, but Nick Funyak's first home run of the season – a solo shot to left field – evened the score, 2-2, in the bottom of the fourth.
The teams remained tied until Lewis & Clark posted a run in the eighth and two more in the ninth. Ben Jones smacked his first home run of the season in the bottom of the ninth, but the solo shot wasn't enough for the Loggers.
Puget Sound starting pitcher Eric Crispell took the no decision after allowing just two earned runs on five hits in six innings. He also record five strikeouts.
Puget Sound 6, Lewis & Clark 7
The Pioneers grabbed a 7-0 lead through 2.5 innings, but the Loggers began to chip away in the bottom of the third. Nickolas Alarcio came through with an RBI double that plated Cal Muramaru, and Alarcio later scored on a throwing error by the shortstop to make it a 7-2 game.
Layne Croney began the bottom of the fifth inning with a leadoff walk and he moved to second base following a groundout. Alarcio followed with a walk, and Chris Zerio's single allowed Croney to score from second. Both Alarcio and Zerio moved up a base on a passed ball, and Nathan Backes drew a walk to load the bases.
The red-hot Nick Funyak delivered again, this time with a two-run single to make the deficit 7-4. Puget Sound got one more run in the sixth inning, but Lewis & Clark held on for the win.
The Loggers and Pioneers conclude their three-game series on Sunday, Feb. 21, at 12 p.m.
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