TACOMA, Washington – Mason Quinlan did it again. The junior first baseman who is quickly developing a penchant for clutch hits belted a go-ahead two-run homer in the eighth inning to give the Puget Sound baseball team a 6-5 victory over Linfield at Logger Field Sunday afternoon. Puget Sound completed its three-game sweep over the Wildcats, and the Loggers pushed their winning streak to six games.
The Loggers had a 4-2 lead entering the eighth inning, but Linfield posted three runs in the top of the frame thanks in large part to a passed ball, soon followed by a throwing error that allowed two runs to score on the play with two outs on the board.
In the bottom of the stanza, Kye Strash smacked a one-out single to right field, and Quinlan followed by blasting his second home run of the season over the left-field fence.
Nate Kloempken sealed the victory by pitching a one-two-three ninth inning.
Puget Sound scored two runs in both the second and third innings, which allowed for a 4-1 lead. The early part of the game was highlighted by a two-run double off the bat of Hunter Riley.
Puget Sound starting pitcher Michael Warnick allowed just two earned runs through six innings.
Quinlan was 3-for-5 at the plate, and Corey Roberts finished 2-for-5 with a double. Just a few short weeks ago, Quinlan had the walkoff hit in a 6-5 win over Pacific Lutheran (March 10).
The Loggers travel to Spokane next week for a three-game series at Whitworth, April 6-7.