PARKLAND – Chris Bishop limited visiting Saint Martin's to three hits in six innings and the Pacific Lutheran offense jumped out to an early lead as the Lutes coasted past the Saints, 12-2, in a non-conference baseball game played on a blustery Saturday afternoon at the PLU field.
By winning their fourth consecutive game the Lutes improved to 5-2 this season, while the Saints fell to 1-12 overall.
Bishop, a freshman from Rochester, improved to 1-0 this season, allowing only one unearned run during his six-inning stint. He walked one batter and hit another while striking out four. Senior Nathan Eisenhauer went the final three innings to pick up his first save. He allowed a run on four hits while walking none and fanning five.
PLU took a 6-0 lead after two innings and never looked back. The Lutes tallied four runs on three hits, two walks and an error in the first inning, and they added two runs on a hit, error and walk in the second. Brock Gates had run-scoring singles in both innings.
Saint Martin's scored an unearned run in the top of the fifth to make the score 6-1, but the Lutes came back with three in the bottom of the frame to increase their lead to 9-1. Bo Pearson hit a run-scoring double and Corey Moore drove in another with a single to highlight the frame.
The Lutes scored three times on two hits, including a two-run double by Ethan Ottemiller, in the seventh inning.
The Saints scored their final run in the top of the eighth inning on Josh Grenier's RBI double. Grenier led the seven-hit Saints offense with a pair safeties.
Moore and Gates both had two hits and two RBI for the Lutes, who also got two hits from Ryan Frost, three RBI from Ottemiller and two RBI from Pearson.
The Lutes and Saints will play two more games in this three-game set. The teams meet at 1 p.m. tomorrow at the SMU campus and conclude the series at 5 p.m. Monday at RAC in Lacey.
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