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Lutes Fall to Lewis-Clark State in Season Finale

Nathan Eisenhauer
Nathan Eisenhauer

McMINNVILLE, Ore. - Pacific Lutheran saw its 2012 baseball season come to a close on Sunday afternoon with a 10-1 loss to NAIA national power Lewis-Clark State at Roy Helser Field on the campus of Linfield College.

With the loss, its fifth in a row to close out the season, the Lutes end up 24-16 overall. Lewis-Clark State improves to 41-12 with postseason play still in the offing.

Pacific Lutheran senior Nathan Eisenhauer got the start in his last collegiate game and went the distance, allowing 10 runs on 12 hits with one walk and four strikeouts. The Warriors scored four runs in the second and three more in both the sixth and eighth innings.

The Lutes got their lone run in the fourth inning when Jacob Hoffman and Brock Gates hit consecutive singles, Jaron Iwakami sacrificed them up a base, and Corey Moore hit a sacrifice fly. PLU managed just six hits in the game with Hoffman and Gates getting two apiece.

For Gates, the two hits gave him 70 for the season, which surpasses his own PLU baseball single-season record in that category. Gates set the former record of 68 hits during the 2010 season.

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