TACOMA, Washington – The Puget Sound baseball team's three-game home series against Whitman will start with a doubleheader Friday, April 12, at 12 p.m. The series is scheduled to conclude with a single game Saturday at 12 p.m.
|WHO||Puget Sound vs. Whitman|
|WHEN||April 12-13 | 12 p.m. (DH) | 12 p.m.|
|WHERE||Logger Baseball Field | Tacoma, Wash.|
|STATS||G1 | G2 | G3|
The top four teams in the Northwest Conference qualify for the conference tournament. Entering this weekend, three teams are tied for fourth place with 10-8 records in the NWC: Pacific Lutheran, Whitman, and Willamette. With an 8-10 conference mark, Puget Sound is still very much in the postseason picture.
Seven Loggers with at least 50 at-bats are hitting above .300. Mason Quinlan leads he group with a .369 batting average, followed by Makoa Mau (.355), Kyle Strash (.343), Jake Briscoe (.340), Tyler Brazelton (.324), Jack Gries (.315), and Ricardo Barraza (.308).
Nine Loggers have cleared the outfield fence this season, and Jack Gries leads the team with four home runs. AJ Morioka is the most recent Logger to hit his first home run of the season (at Whitworth, April 7).
The first win
Puget Sound's first win of the season was a 5-3 non-conference victory against Whitman at Pacific (Feb. 17). The top four hitters in the Loggers' lineup (Connor Dunn, Jack Gries, Hunter Riley, Mason Quinlan) each finished with two hits.
Scouting Whitman (15-15, 10-8 NWC)
The Blues are 6-2 in their last eight games, with two wins coming against each Pacific Lutheran, George Fox, and Willamette. Matthew Sox has a team-high .349 batting average, and Brett Williams' 16 steals ranks second in the NWC. Whitman's eight home runs is the second-fewest total in the NWC (Whitworth has five).