HILLSBORO, Oregon – The Puget Sound baseball team picked up a pair of much-needed Northwest Conference wins by winning both ends of a doubleheader at Pacific on Sunday.
Puget Sound 5, Pacific 4
Jordan Hirae knocked in the game-winning run in the seventh inning as the Loggers (8-10, 4-5 NWC) won a back-and-forth battle over the Boxers, 5-4, in the first game on Sunday's doubleheader.
With the game tied, 4-4, Connor Dunn led off the seventh inning with a double. Hirae immediately followed with a single to right field to score the go-ahead run. David Follett earned the win with two shutout innings, and Michael Warnick shut the door on the Boxers (9-12, 4-11 NWC) for his fifth save of the season.
The Loggers took a 2-0 lead in the third inning, when Hirae got the rally started with a leadoff single. Layne Croney beat out a bunt single, and Cal Muramaru followed with a bunt single that was compounded by a throwing error by the pitcher that Hirae and Croney score.
The Boxers evened the score in the fourth inning, but Puget Sound truck for two more runs in the sixth thanks to a two-run single by Tyler Brazelton. Pacific tied the score once more with a pair of runs in the home half of the sixth, but Hirae's second hit of the game stood as the winner.
Both Hirae and Brazelton finished with two hits.
Puget Sound 3, Pacific 0
The Loggers scored all three runs in the first inning and Joe Brennan was stellar out of the bullpen in a 3-0 win over the Boxers.
Cal Muramaru was hit by a pitch with one out in the opening frame, and Corey Roberts followed with a single. Mason Quinlan walked to load the bases for James Dejesus, and the centerfield lifter a sac fly to give Puget Sound a 1-0 lead.
Quinlan and Roberts executed a double steal to put the Loggers' lead to 2-0, and Tyler Brazelton's RBI single to left field scored Quinlan.
The Loggers return home to host Whitworth with a doubleheader on Saturday, March 25, starting at 12 p.m.
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