McMINNVILLE, Oregon – Puget Sound outfielder Cal Muramaru stayed hot with three hits on Sunday afternoon, but No. 14 Linfield grabbed an early and never looked back during an 11-5 win over the Puget Sound baseball team.
Muramaru finished 3-for-4, including a double, two runs, and steal, for his second three-hit game of the young season. He's riding an eight-game hitting streak, which started on Valentine's Day. During the streak, Muramaru is batting .363 (12-for-33).
Linfield (9-5, 3-3 NWC) raced out to a 4-0 lead in the first inning, thanks to several miscues by the Loggers (4-9, 2-4 NWC). Puget Sound committed two errors and a pair of wild pitches aided the Wildcats' rally.
The Loggers cut the deficit in half with two runs in the top of the third inning. Ben Jones led off with a single and Muramaru's single put runners on the corners. Muramaru then stole second base, and a miscue by the Linfield catcher allowed Jones to score. With two outs on the board, Chris Zerio put the ball into play in right field, and the Wildcats stumbled once more defensively and allowed Muramaru to score.
The two-run deficit was short-lived, however, as Linfield plated three runs in the bottom of the third.
Puget Sound returners to Logger Baseball Field for a three-game series against Pacific starting with a doubleheader on Saturday, March 5, at 2 p.m.
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