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Lutes Sweep Doubleheader with Puget Sound; Brown Earns a Save in Both Games

Lutes Sweep Doubleheader with Puget Sound; Brown Earns a Save in Both Games

By Christian Bond, Sports Information Student Writer

PARKLAND, Wash. - A total team effort pushed Pacific Lutheran to a doubleheader sweep against the Puget Sound Loggers on Saturday afternoon. The Lutes combined for 17 hits, 10 runs and no errors resulting in a 5-2 win in Game 1 and 5-4 win in Game 2.

Cole Johnson supplied the offensive pop in Game 1 hitting a solo home run in third inning, 
which ignited the PLU offense. Ben Welch then brought home Frank Airy with a single and Brett 
Johnson tripled to deep left field scoring Welch. Tyler Thompson singled in Johnson to cap 
off a four-run third inning for the Lutes. PLU would add one more when Drew Oord scored in the 
bottom of eighth inning on a Puget Sound error.

"The first pitcher we saw in Game 1 is pretty good," PLU head coach Nolan Soete said. "I 
personally think Maier is one of the better pitchers in the conference, so I was pleased with our 
offensive performance in that game."

Cory Nelson got the start for PLU in Game 1 of the doubleheader. Nelson threw seven innings 
allowing only two earned runs while striking out two batters. Garrett Brown pitched two innings 
of relief work slamming the door for the Logger offense.

"Nelson threw really well today," Soete said. "He didn't have his best stuff and struggled early. He found it, battled through and got us seven full innings. I was proud of the way he made adjustments during the game."

Thompson got the scoring started in Game 2 with a moonshot two-run home run in the first inning. 

"It felt good," Thompson said. "I saw the curveball, it hung a little bit and I turned on it." 

Connor Cantu drove in a run on a single in the second to put the Lutes up 3-1.

Landon Packard scored on a fielders' choice in the fourth inning and Sean Rehon took advantage of wild pitch and scored to cap the inning and give the Lutes a 5-1 lead. 

"Offensively, we did a decent job," Soete said. "I thought we could have hit the ball better with 
runners in scoring position, but for the most part we did a decent job."

Ty Donahou got the start in Game 2 pitching seven innings, allowing two earned runs and 
striking out three. Leif Hanson pitched 1 2/3 innings. Brown came in to earn his second save of the day pitching 1 1/3 innings and striking out the final two hitters.

"Donahou threw well in the second game," Soete said. "He grinded and got in to the sixth inning. 
Hansen came in and did a decent job. He got into a little trouble in the eighth, then Brown took 
over. He did what he has been doing lately, and that was pitch well. He attacked the zone and got 
us out of that."

The Lutes will look to complete the series sweep Sunday with first pitch scheduled for noon.

"Our seniors are a great group of guys," Soete said. "I'm happy they get to go out on a series 
win. It would be great to finish on a sweep and finish 10-2 at home. In order to that we have to 
come out here and focus on ourselves and play good baseball. We've been playing good defense 
the last couple of weeks, and having some timely hitting. Just play like we've been playing the 
last couple of weeks."

WHAT IT MEANS...

The Lutes improved to 19-14 (12-8) and are currently tied with Pacific and George Fox for second in the Northwest Conference. The top four teams advance to the conference tournament. Linfield currently sits in fifth with an 11-9 conference record.