TACOMA, Washington – Ricardo Barraza hit his first home run of the season, and Merle Rowan-Kennedy spun a gem as the Puget Sound baseball team split a home doubleheader against Linfield on Sunday afternoon.
Puget Sound 2, Linfield 7
Linfield (8-7, 6-5 NWC) broke a scoreless tie with two runs in the fourth inning, and the Wildcats doubled their lead with a two-run homer in the fifth.
Barraza put the Loggers on the board with a solo shot to left field to leadoff the eighth inning, but the three-run deficit was short-lived as Linfield added three more runs in the ninth inning en route to a 7-2 win. An RBI double by Mason Quinlan in the bottom of the ninth inning accounted for the Loggers' final run.
Puget Sound (6-9, 2-4 NWC) squandered a scoring opportunity when it loaded the bases in the second inning. Ian Hughes and Quinlan led off the inning with consecutive singles, and Barraza drew a one-out walk to load the bases. However, the threat ended with consecutive strikeouts.
Quinlan finished the game 3-for-4 at the plate.
Puget Sound 2, Linfield 1
Merle Rowan-Kennedy was stellar on the mound to earn his second win of the season. He hurled seven shutout innings and allowed just four hits and a walk to go with five strikeouts.
Puget Sound claimed an early 2-0 lead in the first inning. James Dejesus reached base with a one-out single to centerfield, and he promptly stoke second base. Corey Roberts then drew a walk, and Mason Quinlan smacked an RBI single through the left side to score Dejesus.
David Follett pitched a hitless eighth inning in relief of Rowan-Kennedy, and Warnick shut the door on the Wildcats in the ninth inning to earn his fourth save of the season.
The Loggers and Wildcats conclude their three-game series at Bannerwood Park in Bellevue, Washington, on Monday, March 13, at 11 a.m.