Ninth-inning rally falls short in 10-7 loss against Pioneers

Ninth-inning rally falls short in 10-7 loss against Pioneers

TACOMA, Washington – The Puget Sound baseball team loaded the bases with nobody out in the bottom of the ninth inning, but it was unable to capitalize in a big way as the Loggers lost to Lewis & Clark, 10-7, in a non-conference game Tuesday evening.

Puget Sound finished with 11 hits, marking the eighth time in nine games that the Loggers totaled double-digit hits.

The Loggers (13-12) entered the final inning in a 10-6 deficit, but they immediately put together a promising rally in the home half of the ninth inning. Kyle Strash led off with a walk, and Ricardo Barraza followed with a single to right field.

Ryan Moyes reached on a fielding error by the third baseman, which loaded the bases for AJ Koch. After entering the game at shortstop in the eighth inning, Koch drew a walk in his only at-bat, forcing a run to cut the Pioneers' (6-21) lead to 10-7.

After Koch's walk, Lewis & Clark made a pitching change, and the next three Loggers went down in order without pushing another run across home plate. 

Nick Ultsch finished the game 3-for-5 at the plate, and he tallied his team-high 22nd RBI with a double in the first inning. Strash went 2-for-3 against Lewis & Clark, and he drew two walks. Stash increased his on-base percentage to .500m which ranks second in the Northwest Conference.

Puget Sound returns to NWC action at home against Whitman, Friday, March 30. The Doubleheader starts at 12 p.m.


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