TACOMA, Wash. – Dalton Carter's RBI single in the top of the 11th inning lifted visiting Whitworth to a 2-1 win at Puget Sound and a split of a non-conference baseball doubleheader on Saturday afternoon at Logger Field. The Loggers won the opener 3-1.
The teams are concluding their seasons with a three-game, non-conference series. The season finale for both squads is Sunday at noon. The visiting Pirates are now 24-16 while UPS is 13-24.
Game 1 – Puget Sound 3, Whitworth 1
Joshua Zavisubin threw a complete-game three-hitter and the Loggers scored all of their runs in the first two innings to claim the series opener.
Alex Wojtysiak singled home Jack Gries for the first run of the game with one out in the bottom of the first inning. Ricardo Barraza followed with an RBI double to increase the score to 2-0.
Gries hit a solo home run in the bottom of the second inning to complete the Puget Sound scoring.
Whitworth finally got on the board in the top of the ninth when Matthew Nelson led off with a walk and JT Phelan followed with a double to put runners on second and third and bring the tying run to the plate. Zavisubin induced Jordan McGowan to ground out to shortstop, which drove in Nelson. After a strikeout, Jacob Yamane walked to put the potential tying run on base. But Zavisusbin got pinch hitter Tyler Bailey to pop out to end the game.
Zavisubin improved to 2-7 this season after allowing the one run on only three hits. He struck out five Pirates and walked four.
Arory Milyard (0-1) started on the mound for Whitworth and took the loss after allowing two earned runs on seven hits in four innings. Matthew Young, who was named First Team All-NWC earlier in the week, threw four perfect innings in relief with six strikeouts.
Game 2 – Whitworth 2, Puget Sound 1
Carter's game-winning single capped another pitchers' duel in the second game and ended a three-game losing streak for the Pirates.
Daniel Casanova's RBI double in the top of the second inning drove in McGowan with the Bucs' first run. But Puget Sound tied the game in the bottom of the sixth when Ryan Moyes scored on Mau Makoa's fielder's choice.
Ryan Bird led off the top of the 11th with a single and pinch runner Connor Johnson moved to second on a Yamane sacrifice. After Johnson advanced to third on a wild pitch and McGowan walked, Carter's single broke the tie and got McGowan to third. Carter was called out at second base trying to stretch the single into a double.
JD Page allowed no runs on two hits over five innings as Whitworth's starting pitcher. Darren Crosby (3-1) threw three innings of scoreless relief to earn the win and Hugh Smith pitched a perfect bottom of the 11th to pick up his first save.
Merle Rowan-Kennedy started for Puget Sound and allowed only one run on five hits in six innings. Joe Brennan was the hard-luck loser in relief after he gave up only one run on two hits in 4.1 innings of work.