PASCO, Wash. – The Puget Sound baseball team fought back to erase a deficit, but fell 5-3 to Whitworth on Sunday. The Loggers (4-3) erased an early three-run deficit, but couldn't complete the comeback in the final game of the Swing Into Spring Classic.
Nate Aguiar and Carson Blumenthal locked into an early pitcher's duel to start off the game. Blumenthal and the Pirates took the early advantage with two runs in the second and one more in the fifth.
Aguiar lasted six innings for the Loggers, while Blumenthal went 7.1 innings for the Pirates, but both starters came away with no-decision.
In the top of the sixth, Bobby Hosmer knocked in Christian Carter to get the Loggers on the board. The Loggers really got the bats going in the eighth with four hits and a pair of run to tie up the game.
Addison Melzer singled to drive in the first run of the inning, and Connor Savage drew a bases loaded walk to force a run home and tie up the game at 3-3.
However, Jeremy Druffel had the answer for the Pirates in the bottom half of the inning. He singled with two runners on to score both and give the Pirates the lead and eventually the win.
Hosmer and Lucas Stone each had a pair of hits to lead the Loggers at the plate.
The Loggers head south next week for three games in Portland, starting with a 5 p.m. game against Concordia.
PASCO, Wash. – The Puget Sound baseball team breezed past Lewis & Clark behind another shutout from the duo of Matt Robinson and Jarrod Beiser. The Loggers (4-2) took the game 14-0, highlighted by a six-run eighth inning.
Robinson went seven innings and allowed just four hits in the game, while striking out five. The senior has now tossed 14 straight shutout innings to open the season after tossing seven scoreless frames in the Loggers' season-opener at St. Martin's. Beiser did not allow a hit in the final two innings and struck out a pair.
Freshman Nathan Backes led the Loggers at the plate with a 3-for-4 performance. All three of his singles drove in at least one run as he had a game-leading five RBI. He knocked in both Logger runs in the third with a singles up the middle, drove in two more in the seventh with a single in to left and brought home another in the eighth with another single.
The Loggers gained the lead in the bottom of the first when Kaulana Smith scored on a balk. Backes' single put up two more runs in the third for the Loggers. By the sixth inning, the Loggers were up 5-0.
Backes drove in two more in the seventh after a Christian Carter hit brought in a run. The Logger bats then exploded in the eighth for six runs. Backes, Nick Cochran, and Ben Jones all had RBI hits while two more runs came across on Pioneer errors.
The Pioneers fell to 0-5 with the loss and had four errors in the game, coming from four different players. Ryan Strombom took the loss on the mound.
Game 2 vs. Corban – L, 0-16
Corban once again jumped on top early and cruised to the 16-0 win in the second game between the two in the last two days.
The Warriors were up 8-0 after three innings and never allowed the Loggers to get going offensively. The Loggers had six hits in the game, including extra bases from Kaulana Smith and Lucas Stone, but couldn't push a runner past second base.
Corban had a pair of four-run innings in the game in the first and seventh to fuel the win.
The Loggers sent seven pitchers to the mound in the contest.
They will wrap up the Swing Into Spring Classic tomorrow against the hosts Whitworth at 1 p.m.