Puget Sound hosts Pacific for thee games this weekend

Photo by Patty Hosmer
Photo by Patty Hosmer

TACOMA, Washington – As the 2016 Northwest Conference baseball season is off to an unpredictable start, Puget Sound hosts Pacific for a three-game series starting with a doubleheader on Saturday, March 5, at 11 a.m.

 WHEN 

 Saturday, March 5 | 11 a.m. (DH);  Sunday, March 6 | 12 p.m. 

 WHERE 

 Logger Baseball Field | Tacoma, Wash.  

 LIVE

 Stats: Game 1 | Game 2 | Game 3

 TWITTER 

 @PS_baseball @PSLoggers

 

Early scramble

Pacific Lutheran was the preseason favorite to win the NWC, followed by Linfield and Whitworth. Entering this weekend, however, Whitworth is first in the conference (3-0), and George Fox is second (4-2). Linfield sits in fourth place with a 3-3 NWC record, and Pacific Lutheran is tied with Puget Sound and Whitman at 2-4.

 

So Cal

Sophomore outfielder Cal Muramaru carries an eight-game hitting streak into the weekend series against the Boxers. Last week he accounted for seven of the Loggers' 17 runs between three games at Linfield. Muramaru is second on the team with a .354 batting average, and his seven steals rank third in the NWC.

 

Zero doubt

Senior infielder Chris Zerio was named an American Baseball Coaches Association All-West Region selection in 2015, and he has kept his foot on the gas to start 2016. Zerio leads Puget Sound in batting with a .396 average, and he's tied with Cal Muramaru for the team lead in runs with nine.

 

Homer brigade

Six different Loggers have combined for seven home runs through 13 games this season, led by Nathan Backes with two long balls. Last year, Puget Sound totaled 12 home runs. The Loggers are on pace for 21 home runs in 2016.

 

Scouting the Boxers (7-7, 3-3 NWC)

Pacific swept Pacific Lutheran in a three-game series last week, knocking the Lutes out of the D3baseball.com rankings for the first time this season. Jay Galeno is the conference's second-leading hitter with a .481 average, and Kurtis Kloke is tied for second with three home runs. Walker Olis leads the NWC with 11 stolen bases. The Boxers aren't nearly as successful on the mound as they are with the bat. Pacific has the second-worst ERA in the NWC (5.81), and the pitching staff has allowed more hits (157) than any staff in the conference. Former Puget Sound head coach Brian Billings makes his first return to Logger Baseball Field since taking over at Pacific in June 2014.

 

 

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