TACOMA, Washington – The Puget Sound baseball team returns to the Golden State to take on four Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) teams over the course of four days. The Loggers have a doubleheader at Whittier (March 16), followed by single games at Occidental (March 17), at Cal Lutheran (March 18), and at Pomona-Pitzer (March 19).
|March 16||at Whittier||Live Stats | Live Video|
|March 17||at Occidental||Live coverage TBD|
|March 18||at Cal Lutheran||Live Stats|
|March 19||at Pomona-Pitzer||Live Stats | Live Video|
Puget Sound began the 2019 in California (Feb. 8-9), where the Loggers lost the season-opener at Pomona-Pitzer (14-4), followed by doubleheader losses at Occidental (8-0; 12-3). Between those three games, the Loggers totaled 10 extra-base hits, but only seven runs.
Puget Sound first baseman Mason Quinlan hit a walk-off single against Pacific Lutheran, March 10. With the game tied up, 5-5, Kyle Strash led off the bottom of the ninth with a double. Two batters later, Quinlan ripped the game-winning hit to deep left-center field.
Jake gets jacked
Sophomore corner infield Jake Brady launched his first-career home run March 10 against Pacific Lutheran. The Loggers put a couple of runners on base while trailing 4-2 in the bottom of the eighth inning. Brady was called upon to pinch-hit, and he belted a go-ahead home run that helped the Loggers to a win over the Lutes.
Starting on the hill
After a slow start to the season, Puget Sound starting pitchers have found a groove in March. Through the last six games, Logger starters have combined for a 3.41 ERA. During that stretch, freshman Davis Miller has allowed only four earned runs in 13.1 innings (2.70 ERA).
Scouting the SCIAC opponents
Whittier (3-7) is in the midst of a five-game losing streak, and the Poets host Bowdoin (March 15) the day before playing the Loggers. Whittier is last in the SCIAC in hitting (.223) and slugging (.311). Occidental (12-4) is 5-1 against Northwest Conference teams, with wins over Puget Sound, Willamette, and Whitworth, and a loss to Whitman. The Tigers have the best ERA in the SCIAC (3.11), and the second-best batting average (.310). Cal Lutheran recently had a five-game winning streak snapped by Ithaca (March 10). The Kingsmen's 3.28 ERA is the third-best in the SCIAC. Pomona-Pitzer (8-3) leads the SCIAC in slugging with a .443 mark, and the Sagehens' pitching staff has allowed fewest walks in the conference (36).