WHITTIER, California – One-run games continue to stifle the Puget Sound baseball team as Whittier won both ends of a doubleheader, 5-4 and 6-5 (10 inn.), in non-conference action Saturday afternoon. The Loggers have suffered six one-run losses this season, including three in their last four games.
Puget Sound 4, Whittier 5
Kyle Strash went 4-for-4 with a double and two RBI, but the Poets fended off a late Logger rally to win, 5-4.
The Loggers (3-15) opened the game by taking a 1-0 lead in the first thanks to a Strash RBI single that scored Jack Gries. Tied 1-1 entering the third inning, Gries opened the stanza with a double, and he took third on a wild pitch. Strash knocked in Gries with another RBI single. Following a Nick Ultsch double, Corey Roberts lifted a sacrifice fly to score Strash.
The lead was short-lived, as Whittier struck for three runs in the bottom of the third inning. Dow by two runs in the ninth, Sean Rooney reached base with a single, and he later came around to score on an error.
Puget Sound 5, Whittier 6 (10 inn.)
Five Loggers totaled multiple hits, including Sean Rooney's first home run, but the Poets got away with a 6-5 win in 10 innings.
Freshman starting pitcher Davis Miller continued to shine for the Logger, as he allowed only two earned runs through six innings.
Puget Sound took a 4-0 lead in the third inning, highlighted by a two-run homer from Rooney. Clayton Waltz led off with a walk and Wiler followed with a single. A sacrifice bunt by Jackson Bolitho put two runners in scoring position, and Waltz came in to score on a ground out by Gries.
With Wiler on base, Rooney cleared the fences to give the Loggers a 3-0 edge. After a single by Roberts, Jake Brady hit an RBI double to cap off the rally.
The Loggers couldn't hold on to their two-run lead in the ninth inning, and the Poets walked off in the 10th.
The Loggers have a single game at Occidental Sunday, March 17, at 11 a.m.