Kingsmen Play in Pacific Northwest
CLU goes 1-3 on road trip
TACOMA, Wash. – A four-game road trip to the Pacific Northwest was a challenge for the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) No. 10 Cal Lutheran baseball team as the Kingsmen defeated Puget Sound 9-4 on Thursday before having a 15-game win-streak snapped by sister school Pacific Lutheran on Friday. PLU earned a three-game series sweep.
CLU def. UPS 9-4
Puget Sound struck first with a run in the first, but Cal Lutheran put up three in the third, three more in the fifth and added two in the seventh and one in the eight as Trey Saito earned the win after working 6.0 innings, scattering eight hits and allowing just two earned runs while striking out five. Todd Frazier took over on the hill to throw the final 3.0 innings, recording six strike outs without allowing a hit. Offensively, Gabe Gunter was 3-for-5 with three RBIs and was a homerun shy of the cycle. Austin Kay and Eddie Villegas each collected two hits and scored a run for the Kingsmen. Cheynne Giles drew a pair of walks, scoring once and Sinjin Todd crossed the plate a trio of times. CLU was active onteh bases with five different players swiping a bag including Giles, Gunter, Kay, Todd and Brad Fullerton. Defensively, Villegas finished with 11 putouts and Weston Clark tallied nine putouts and an assist at first base.
PLU def. CLU 11-5
Trailing 1-0 in the top of the eighth, Cal Lutheran posted a pair to take a lead, but a dismal 10-run bottom of the inning allowed the Lutes to break things open despite CLU plating three more in the top of the ninth. CLU was outhit 13-9 although the defense was flawless, turning a pair of double plays. Kay and Weston Clark were part of both DPs and Max Weinstein chipped in for one. Kay collected three of the nine hits in four plate appearances and drove in two. Clark was the only other player with a multi-hit game, going 2-for-4 with a run scored. Saito and Todd each had an RBI and Fullerton scored twice for the Kingsmen. Marshall Pautsch (4-2) was tagged with the loss after 7.0 innings in which he surrendered four runs on eight hits, though he struck out four.
PLU def. CLU 5-3
CLU took a quick 1-0 lead after Clark dove in Weinstein as both singles in the top of the first, but PLU posted a pair in the bottom of the inning to take over control at 2-1. The Kingsmen knotted things in the top of the fifth on an RBI single from Sinjin Todd to score the leadoff batter in the inning, Ryne Yamashiro, and regained the lead an inning later on a Saito sacrifice fly that plated Clark. Unfortunately for the Violet and Gold, a two-out error led to a three-run bottom of the sixth for the Lutes, which gave the home team a lead they would not relinquish. Weinstein served as the leadoff man and went 3-for-5 and both Clark and Yamashiro collected a pair of hits. Matt Sciumbato had the only extra base hit of the game for CLU with a double. Clark had 10 putouts at first and Saito recorded six as the catcher. Nate Wehner (5-3) was tagged with the loss after going 5.2 innings, striking out five and allowing five runs, two earned, on five hits. Frazier and Salud combined for the final 2.1 innings of scoreless baseball and Salud sat down one via a strikeout.
PLU def. CLU 3-2
The final game of the series was the closest contest of the trip, but the Kingsmen were again on the short end. Cal Lutheran outhit Pacific Lutheran 10-9 and each team committed one error. Giles led the offense with a 3-for-4 day at the plate including a homerun in the sixth and Gunter collected two hits with an RBI double to plate Weinstein with the first run in the third. Todd drew two walks and also reached with a single. Giles notched 10 putouts and an assist at first base and Villegas recorded seven putouts and an assist behind the plate. Kay came up with three assists and two putouts at shortstop. Scott Roberts (2-1) was defeated for the first time of the spring after working 5.2 innings, surrendering eight hits and allowing three runs, all earned, while striking out five. Salud pitched the final 2.1 innings, not allowing a run and striking out one.
Cal Lutheran (22-9) returns to Southern California to continue league play on Friday, April 21 against Caltech with first pitch inside Ullman Stadium set for 3:00 p.m.
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