Ultsch homers twice, Brennan and Warnick sharp in wins

Ultsch homers twice, Brennan and Warnick sharp in wins

TACOMA, WashingtonNick Ultsch homered twice while Joe Brennan and Michael Warnick turned in solid starts on the hill, and the Puget Sound baseball team opened its home schedule by winning both ends of a doubleheader against Lewis & Clark Saturday afternoon.


Puget Sound 7, Lewis & Clark 4

The first of Nick Ultsch's two home runs Saturday was a two-run shot that gave the Loggers a 7-1 lead in the fifth inning, and Puget Sound starting pitcher Joe Brennan improved to 3-0 on the season when the Loggers beat the Pioneers, 7-4, in the first game of a doubleheader against Lewis & Clark. 

Brennan struck out nine through six innings and allowed only earned run on five hits. He did not walk a batter.

Puget Sound jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning. Corey Roberts drew a bases-loaded walk, and Kyle Strash followed with a two-run double. The loggers got one more run on a fielding error by the Pioneers.

Jack Gries increased the Loggers' lead to 5-0 in the fourth inning with a double that scored Ricardo Barraza.

Matthew Hicks shut the door on the Pioneers to earn his first save of the season.

Gries hit 3-for-5 from the from the leadoff spot, and Ultsch finished 2-for-4.


Puget Sound 10, Lewis & Clark 1

Nick Ultsch and Mason Quinlan went yard, and Michael Warnick threw seven strong innings as Puget Sound beat Lewis & Clark, 10-1, in the second game of Saturday's doubleheader.

Quinlan set the tone early by launching a solo shot with two outs in the first inning. The Loggers' lead doubled when Ultsch blasted a solo shot over the right field fence to leadoff the fourth inning.

Warnick did not allow an earned run through seven innings. He struck out five and surrendered six hits and a walk.

Puget Sound pushed four runs across the plate in the eighth inning. Connor Dunn roped an RBI triple, James Dejesus had an RBI double, Quinlan hit an RBI single, and Ultsch smacked an RBI triple.

Five Loggers finished with multiple hits: Jack Gries (2-for-5), Cal Muramaru (2-for-4), Quinlan (2-for-4, 3 RBI), Ultsch (2-for-4), and Kyle Strash (2-for-4). 

The Loggers and Pioneers conclude their series on Sunday, March 4. First pitch is moved up to 11 a.m.


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