Extra innings unkind to Puget Sound baseball

Extra innings unkind to Puget Sound baseball

TACOMA, Washington – The first extra-innings game of the season did not end in Puget Sound's favor as the Logger baseball lost to Pacific Lutheran in 13 innings, 11-9, at Logger Field Saturday afternoon.

The Northwest Conference rivals went back and forth for more than four hours, but the Lutes (11-4, 3-1 NWC) scored two runs in the top of the 13th inning to claim the victory. PLU seemed poised to win it with a run in the 10th inning, but Puget Sound answered back in the home half of the stanza. 

Makoa Mau got the bottom of the 10th inning started with a walk, and Jack Gries followed with a single. After a sac bunt by Kyle Strash, Mason Quinlan was walked to load the bases. Hunter Riley's ground out to second base allowed Mau to score the tying run.

The Lutes were the first team to score in the game, but Puget Sound took a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the third. After drawing a walk, Gries stole two bases and scored on a wild pitch. Riley's RBI single in the frame gave the Loggers their first lead. Pacific Lutheran plated four runs in the fourth, but Puget Sound responded with three runs in the fifth. Riley's two-run single highlighted the Loggers' fifth inning. 

Puget Sound took an 8-6 lead in the eighth inning. Corey Roberts led off with a double and he advanced to third on a fly out by Jake Brady. A single by Mau scored Roberts, and later in the inning Gries delivered a two-run base hit.

Gries finished the game 4-for-6 with two RBI, a double and two runs, while Mau went 3-for-5 with an RBI, two runs, and a pair of walks. Quinlan and Riley both collected a pair of hits, and Riley drive in four runs. 

Puget Sound and Pacific Lutheran conclude their three-game series with a doubleheader Sunday, March 10, starting at 12 p.m. at Logger Field.