WILSONVILLE, Oregon – The Puget Sound baseball team opened Saturday's doubleheader with a 7-2 win over reigning Northwest Conference champion Whitworth, but the Loggers lost to Willamette, 3-1, later in the afternoon. Willamette was the acting host for both non-conference games at Wilsonville High School.
Puget Sound 7, Whitworth 2
Zavisubin tossed eight innings and allowed just two runs and seven hits. He walked two and struck out four.
The Loggers (2-3) got on the board first with a pair of runs in the top of the third inning. Barazza hit a one-out single up the middle, and Connor Dunn followed with a single through the left side. Cal Muramaru doubled down the left line, plating both runners.
Whitworth answered with a pair of runs in the bottom of the stanza, but that's the only damage done by the Pirates all game.
Puget Sound regained the lead in the sixth inning when Layne Croney led off with a single, and James Dejesus followed with an RBI double to left field. A run-scoring triple by Nick Ulstch gave the Loggers a 4-2 lead.
Dejesus and Ian Hughes hit consecutive RBI singles in the seventh inning, and Barazza's third hit of the game was an RBI double in the eighth inning.
Dejesus finished the game 2-for-5 with a couple of RBIs, while Barazza went 3-for-4 with an RBI and two runs scored. Eric Crispell shut the door on Whitworth with a clean ninth inning in the hill.
Puget Sound 1, Willamette 3
Despite outhitting the Bearcats, Puget Sound lost to Willamette, 3-1, in the final game on Saturday. The Loggers (2-4) finished with nine hits to Willamette's five, but the Bearcats (3-2) managed to push across two unearned runs in the win.
Willamette scored two runs in the first inning. Following a leadoff walk and a stolen base, Puget Sound starting pitcher Joe Brennan made an errant throw after fielding a sac bunt. The play set up a sacrifice fly that gave Willamette a 1-0 lead. The Bearcats added a second run in the inning thanks to another sac fly.
The Loggers entered the eighth inning in a 3-0 hole, but the offensive showed signs of life. Ian Hughes reached base with a one-out single. Pinch running for Hughes, Nathan Mano stole second base and advanced to third on an errant throw by the catcher. Tyler Brazelton doubled down the left field line to put the Loggers on the board, but it was too little too late.
The Loggers return to Wilsonville High School to take on Lewis & Clark in non-conference action on Sunday, Feb. 12, at 5 p.m.
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