Loggers split two games in first day of the season

Loggers split two games in first day of the season

NEWBERG, OREGON – The Puget Sound baseball team began the 2018 season with a 7-0 win over Lewis & Clark at George Fox Saturday. The Loggers lost at Linfield, 6-2, in McMinville, Oregon, later in the day.

Puget Sound 7, Lewis & Clark 0

2017 All-Northwest Conference selection Ricardo Barraza drove in three runs and Joe Brennan was sharp on the mound as the Loggers blanked the Pioneers, 7-0, in the first game Saturday. 

Brennan worked six innings and allowed just six hits while striking out five. Matthew Hicks earned the save by working the game's final three innings.

The Loggers first got on the board in the top of the second inning when Kyle Strash led off with a walk and Barraza immediately followed with a single. A fielding error by the Pioneers allowed Strash to score, and James Dejesus drove in Barraza with an RBI single down the left-field line. 

Barraza provided a two-run base knock in the eighth inning, plating both Hunter Riley and Mason Quinlan.


Puget Sound 2, Linfield 6

After the Wildcats took an early 1-0 lead in the first inning, Puget Sound tied the score in the top of the third inning, but the Wildcats outlasted the Loggers for a 6-2 win.

Dylan Salcedo began the third inning with a double to left-center field. He advanced to third on Nolan Wiler's groundout, and scored wild a pitch to tie the game.

Linfield answered right back with three runs in the bottom of the third, and one more in the fourth.

Salcedo came up with another leadoff hit in the fifth inning – a single to left field. He moved up two bases following consecutive walks, and Hunter Riley drove him home with a sac fly.

Salcedo finished the evening by going 3-for-4 at the dish. Mason Quinlan was the only other Logger with multiple hits (2-for-4).

Puget Sound battles Lewis & Clark one more time this weekend, Sunday, Feb. 11, at 11 a.m. in Forest Grove, Oregon.  


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