CALDWELL, Idaho – The Puget Sound baseball team erased a three-run deficit, but College of Idaho edged past the Loggers in the late innings, 4-3, in the three-game series' rubber match on Sunday.
The Coyotes (10-1) claimed a 3-0 lead with three runs in the third inning, but the Loggers (2-5) struck back with a two-out rally in the fourth. Chris Zerio singled, and Nathan Backes reached on a fielder's choice. A throwing error by the Coyote's shortstop during the play allowed Zerio to move to third base and Backes to second.
Nick Funyak came through with a clutch two-run single to cut the Coyote's lead to 3-2.
The Loggers tied the game with a run in the seventh inning. Backes and Funyak hit consecutive singles, and Layne Croney was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Alex Sierra came in to pinch hit and delivered with a run-scoring sac-fly to right field.
The 3-3 tied didn't last long, however, as College of Idaho scored the go-ahead run in bottom of the seventh.
Five Puget Sound pitchers combined to allow just one earned run, but a pair of Logger errors proved to be costly.
The Loggers' 2016 home debut is Saturday, Feb. 20, against Lewis & Clark. The doubleheader will begin with a pregame ceremony to honor the Ben B. Cheney Foundation, which provided a grant that allowed Puget Sound to erect new spectator stands and a press box.
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