TACOMA, Washington – After losing a couple of close games, Mason Quinlan and Puget Sound baseball team finished their three-game Northwest Conference home series against Pacific Lutheran with a walk-off win, 6-5, Sunday afternoon. The Loggers lost the first game of Sunday's doubleheader, 6-5.
Puget Sound 6, Pacific Lutheran 5
All tied up 5-5 entering the bottom of the eighth inning, Kyle Strash led off with a double to right-center field. Quinlan was tasked with moving Strash to third base, but he wasn't able to get the bunt down. It turned out to be a blessing in disguise. Quinlan smacked the walk-off hit to the left-center field fence, easily scoring Strash to end the game.
Puget put two runs on the board in the first inning thanks to a two-run single by Corey Roberts. Freshman starting pitcher Davis Miller kept the Lutes off the board through four innings, but Pacific Lutheran broke through with a couple of unearned runs in the fifth inning. The Lutes took a two-run lead in the eighth, but Puget Sound answered with a three-run Jake Brady homer in the bottom of the stanza.
Miller hurled 7.1 innings and allowed only two earned runs while striking out five. Both Quinlan and Jack Gries went 2-for-5 at the plate.
Puget Sound 5, Pacific Lutheran 6
Despite scoring three runs in the ninth inning, the Loggers squandered a great opportunity to clinch a win and instead dropped the first game of Sunday's doubleheader, 6-5.
The Loggers entered the home half of the ninth inning a 6-2 deficit, but the Loggers quickly had two runners in scoring position after Kyle Strash led off with a walk and Mason Quinlan followed with a double. The next two batters, Nick Ultsch and Corey Roberts, were both hit by a pitch to force in a run.
Ricardo Barraza smacked a two-run double to get the Loggers within a run, and Tyler Brazelton drew a walk to load the bases with nobody out. However, the Loggers were unable to push another run across the plate.
Michael Warnick was terrific on the hill, throwing 7.1 innings while allowing just two earned runs to go along with six strikeouts.
The Loggers travel to California for non-conference games against Whittier, Occidental, Cal Lutheran, and Pomona-Pitzer, March 16-19.