Maier strikes out eight, Loggers drop two

Maier strikes out eight, Loggers drop two

LAKEWOOD, Washington – The Loggers dropped a pair of games to crosstown rival Pacific Lutheran on Saturday afternoon.

Ben Jones and James Dejesus each recorded two RBI on the day for the Loggers (14-17, 11-12 NWC). Collin Maier struck out eight batters in the first game.

Pacific Lutheran 5, Puget Sound 2

The Lutes (19-14, 12-8 NWC) jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the third inning. The Loggers responded immediately, scoring two runs in the top of the fourth inning on a sacrifice fly by Ian Hughes and an RBI double by Ben Jones.

Pacific Lutheran added an insurance run in the bottom of the eighth inning, going up 5-2 on a sacrifice fly.

Collin Maier (4-4) took the loss for the Loggers. He gave up five runs in 7.1 innings, while striking out eight. Joshua Zavisubin threw the final 0.2 innings with one strikeout.

Pacific Lutheran 5, Puget Sound 4

PLU got on the board early, scoring two runs in the first inning. James Dejesus hit an RBI double in the second inning to cut the score to 2-1, but the Lutes scored another run in the bottom of the second.

Pacific Lutheran added two runs in the fourth inning to give the home team a 5-1 cushion.

The Loggers scored one run in the seventh inning, and proceeded to stage a rally in the eighth inning. After Hughes singled, Dejesus hit his second double of the game. Jones then singled to bring home Dejesus home and cut the score to 5-4. Puget Sound could not bring home another run, and ultimately fell.

Eric Crispell (3-4) took the loss, giving up five runs in 3.2 innings. David Follett threw the final 4.1 innings.

The Loggers will play the final game of the series, and the conference season, against Pacific Lutheran, on Sunday, April 10. The game is scheduled to begin at 12 p.m.


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