THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. - After dropping three straight games, the No. 20 Cal Lutheran baseball team got back on track with a doubleheader sweep over No. 21 Occidental on Saturday afternoon at Ullman Stadium. The Kingsmen put on a hitting clinic in game one, en route to a 12-7 win, before shutting out the Tigers 4-0 to clinch the series.
Gabe Gunter got the scoring started for CLU in the top of the first inning with a no doubt about it blast over the right field wall and the Kingsmen tacked on two more in the second to take an early 3-0 lead.
Weston Clark led off the second inning for the Violet and Gold with a sharp single to right field and later came around to score on a Trey Saito single through the left side. Brad Fullerton added the other Kingsmen run in the frame after reaching on a base hit and scoring on a Tiger throwing error.
Occidental got on the board with a pair of runs in the third, but CLU responded with a big five-run inning on five hits in the bottom half of the frame. Gunter continued his hot hitting with a single to lead off the inning and later scored on a double by Clark. Cheynne Giles produced a two-RBI triple off the right-center wall and not to be outdone, Max Weinstein provided a two-RBI double to center later on to make it 8-2 CLU.
The Tigers answered right back with a five-run inning of their own in the top of the fourth, courtesy of a CLU error, and a big home run off the bat of power hitter Devon DeRaad.
Leading by just one run, 8-7, Weinstein came through with another double and was cashed in by Alec Iniguez to create some separation in the bottom of the fifth.
The Kingsmen blew it open with three runs in the bottom of the eighth, highlighted by a Jimmy Jauregui double and another two-RBI hit from Giles, to take a 12-7 lead and clinch the game one win.
Marshall Pautsch (1-1) earned the win after going 5.1 inning on the bump and allowing six hits and seven runs, although none of them were earned due to a pair of CLU errors. Miguel Salud was strong in relief, tossing 3.2 hitless innings while striking out five.
The Kingsmen totaled 16 hits in the game, led by three apiece from Weinstein, Gunter and Jauregui. Giles, Clark and Fullerton added two hits apiece while Giles produced a game-high four RBIs.
The second game of the afternoon started with a bang after Iniguez provided a sensational diving catch in centerfield.
After two scoreless innings, the Kingsmen finally broke through in the bottom of the third on an RBI double from none other than Weinstein. An RBI single from Giles in the bottom of the fourth made it a 2-0 CLU lead, and the Kingsmen capitalized on two Tiger errors and an RBI double from Jauregui in the fifth to take a 4-0 lead.
Weinstein added another three hits in game two to give him six on the day while Clark went 2-for-4 to pace the Kingsmen offense.
On the mound, freshman Scott Roberts was baffling to the opposing hitters, going five strong to earn his first career win while striking out seven and allowing just two hits. Nate Wehner earned the save with four shutout innings of relief and striking out seven Tigers of his own.
Cal Lutheran (5-4, 3-3 SCIAC) takes a break from SCIAC action with a non-conference game against Kean (N.J.) next Saturday, Mar. 4 at 1:00 p.m. at Ullman Stadium.
Box Score: CLU 12, OXY 7
Box Score: CLU 4, OXY 0
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