TACOMA, Wash. – Jack Gries' RBI double with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning lifted Puget Sound to a 4-3 win over visiting Whitworth in the baseball season finale for both schools on Sunday afternoon at Logger Field.
The visiting Pirates finished the year 24-17 while the Loggers ended up 14-24.
Whitworth took a 2-0 lead in the top of the second inning on RBI singles by Joel Condreay and Nate Lamberty. But UPS answered when Alex Wojtysiak doubled leading off the bottom of the second and scored on a ground out two batters later.
Puget Sound tied the game 2-2 in the bottom of the sixth on Matt Shelhammer's RBI double.
Whitworth took its final lead in the top of the seventh when the Loggers misplayed a sacrifice bunt by Lamberty, which allowed Condreay to score from second base.
But the Pirates gifted the run back in the bottom half of the seventh. Conner Dunn stole second and moved to third on a throwing error. He then came home on a wild pitch.
The game appeared to be headed to extra innings when Hugh Smith retired the first two batters in the bottom of the ninth. But James DeJesus doubled with two outs and scored when Gries followed with his own double.
Kelly Fitzpatrick started on the mound for Whitworth and ended up with no decision after he allowed one run on four hits in 5.1 innings. He struck out five and walked none. Matthew Pulliam allowed two runs (one earned) in 2.2 innings of relief before Smith (3-4) suffered the loss.
Eric Crispell was the starting pitcher for Puget Sound and did not factor in the decision after he allowed three runs (two earned) on nine hits in seven full innings. Kian Kurokawa (1-1) earned the win with one inning of one-hit relief.