TACOMA, Washington – Jack Gries delivered a memorable parting gift to his senior teammates when the sophomore belted a walk-off double in the bottom of the ninth inning to give the Puget Sound baseball team a 4-3 win over Whitworth in the final game of the 2017 season. The Loggers won two out of three non-conference home games against the Pirates this weekend.
James Dejesus scored the game-winning run after he ripped a two-out double down the left-field line.
Whitworth (24-17) broke a 2-2 tie with a run in the seventh inning, but the Loggers (14-24) answered right back in the home half of the stanza. Connor Dunn led off with single and stole second base. An errant throw on the steal allowed Dunn take third, and the shortstop sprinted home on a wild pitch to tie the game, 3-3.
Four Loggers finished the afternoon with two hits: Dejesus, Dunn, Gries, and Ian Hughes.
Puget Sound starting pitcher Eric Crispell worked a season-high seven innings, and he allowed just two earned runs while striking out four. Kian Kurokawa earned the win after facing just four batters in the top of the ninth inning.
Prior to the game, Puget Sound honored its nine senior student-athletes – and their families – playing in their final collegiate game: Eric Crispell, Layne Croney, Ryan Darrow Ian Hughes, Kian Kurokawa, Ehn Nishioka, Javin Nohara, Matt Shelhamer, Alex Wojtysiak.
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