SALEM, Oregon – Nickolas Alarcio and James Dejesus finished with four hits apiece and the Puget Sound baseball team set a new season-high mark for runs in a game during its 14-4 triumph at Willamette on Saturday afternoon. The second game of the scheduled doubleheader has been moved to Sunday due to weather.
The last time Puget Sound (7-10, 5-5 NWC) scored at least 14 runs in a game was April 7, 2015, when the Loggers beat the Bearcats (8-11, 3-7 NWC) at home, 16-2.
In addition to their four hits, Alarcio and Dejesus each scored three runs and drove in two.
Puget Sound starting pitcher Collin Maier, the reigning Northwest Conference Pitcher of the Week, tossed five innings without allowing an earned run, to go with seven strikeouts against Willamete. He earned his third consecutive win while improving to 3-2 on the season.
The Loggers grabbed a 4-0 lead in the top of the second inning and never looked back. Alarcio led off with a single and took second on an error by the left fielder. Dejesus followed with a bunt that was misplayed by the pitcher, which allowed Alarcio to score as Dejesus scampered into second.
Ben Jones reached base with a bunt single that put runners on the corners, and Jones proceeded to steal second base. Connor Dunn drew a walk to load the bases, A wild pitch then allowed Dejesus to score as Jones and Dunn moved up a base. Layne Croney hit a sac fly that plated Jones, and Chris Zerio reached base on an error by the second baseman, which allowed Dunn to score the inning's fourth run.
Dunn smacked a two-run double as part of Puget Sound's three-run fifth inning, while Nathan Backes and Alarcio both hit RBI doubles in the sixth. The Loggers rallied for four more runs in the eighth inning, including RBI singles by both Alarcio and Dejesus.
Weather permitting, Puget Sound and Willamette conclude their weekend series with a doubleheader on Sunday, March 13, starting at 11 a.m.
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