THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. - Sister schools Cal Lutheran and Pacific Lutheran met at George "Sparky" Anderson Field for the final non-conference game of the spring for the home team. In a wild, high-scoring affair, the Kingsmen topped the Lutes 14-6
Hits were aplenty and the base paths served as a revolving door today as the teams combined for 20 runs on 27 hits with six errors. After PLU took a quick 3-0 lead, CLU responded with a pair of runs on three consecutive doubles and an inning later, trailing 4-2, the Cal Lutheran bats got a spark as the Kingsmen pushed across five runs to open things up and never looked back. Weston Clark drove in the ultimate winning run with a single to plate Gabe Gunter after nine men stepped into the box in the bottom of the second.
Eight different players notched at least one base knock in the game.Gunterpaced the pack with a 4-for-5 day at the plate that included three hits for extra bases, a pair of doubles and a triple, while driving in four and scoring three times. Justin Caņa and Ramsey Abushahla collected three hits apiece with three doubles between the pair. Additionally, Davey Casciola and W. Clark each had multi-hit games with two apiece and both of W. Clark's were two-baggers.
CLU swiped three bags with stolen bases from W. Clark, Gunter and Trey Saito.
Freshman Ryan Bill got the start and went 5.0 innings, allowing 10 hits and six runs while striking out one to earn his first collegiate win. The bullpen took over in the top of the sixth and combined for four innings of hitless baseball. Tyler Nevins took the ball for 2.1 innings, striking out three with one looking before giving way to Mitchell Shields for the remainder of the frame in which he sat down both batters he faced via strikeouts. Nate Wehner got the nod in the ninth and closed things out with a 1-2-3 innings in which he got a ground ball, strikeout and fly ball to put the game in the books.
Defensively, CLU committed a pair of errors, but turned three double plays. The first was a 4-6-3 between Chad Clark, Max Price and W. Clark to end the first inning. Another inning-ending double play came in the fourth when Davey Casciola, C. Clark and W. Clark teamed up for a 5-4-3 showing. The final DP came by way of the right side of the infield as C. Clark and W. Clark teamed up for two in the fifth.
With a double in the first frame, C. Clark extended his hit-streak to 10 games and has now reached in 20 straight games.
Pacific Lutheran (15-14) was led by Connor Cantu who was 2-for-4 with an RBI and Drew Oord who was 2-for-4 with two RBIs. Tyler Thompson had a hit, an RBI and two runs for the Lutes. Kyle Rossman (1-2) was tagged with the loss after allowing seven runs on eight hits in just 2.0 innings of action.
Cal Lutheran (15-8) returns to the diamond tomorrow, Friday, April 1 to resume Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) play against Whittier inside of Ullman Stadium with first pitch on George "Sparky" Anderson Field set for 3:00 p.m.