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Baseball Sweeps Sagehens in California Finale

Baseball Sweeps Sagehens in California Finale

Written by Student Assistant Christian Bond

CLAREMONT, Calif. – The Pacific Lutheran University baseball team played well offensively and got two solid outings from each game's starting pitcher to earn a non-conference doubleheader sweep against host Pomona-Pitzer Colleges, winning 7-3 and 8-0 on Saturday at Alumni Field.  

On the day, the Lutes (2-1) scored 15 runs, on 21 hits, including two doubles, a triple, and three home runs. Jacob Gleichman and Chad Gideon combined to throw 15 innings, striking out 11 while giving up seven hits in two games.

"The team did a great job bouncing back today," Head Coach Nolan Soete said. "Gleichman and Gideon were very efficient all day. They did an excellent job commanding the zone. We were strong offensively all weekend and played great defense. Jacob Bockelie had a big day for us today with a couple big home runs. Really proud of how we competed all weekend."  

Game one belonged to Jacob Bockelie. Bockelie got the team going with a solo shot over the center field wall in the top of the fourth inning. Bockelie would hit another homer in the eighth inning, this time with the bases loaded. He finished game one going two-for-four with five runs batted in.

"Honestly, it was one of the best feelings in the world. ," Bockelie said. "Being able to clutch up for the team and help get some more insurance runs to get the win was amazing."

Gleichman was fantastic on the mound for the Lutes. The big righty pitched eight solid innings striking out six while giving up just one walk. He gave up four hits and three runs on the day.

"It felt great," Gleichman " I expected to pitch well. I've had a strong three weeks of preparation and it just felt awesome to finally strap up the cleats and go compete."

It was Cole Johnson's turn to cause trouble for the Sagehens (4-3) at the plate in game two, going four-for-five at the plate. It started in the top of the second with a double to right field that brought in Brett Johnson. He later singled to center in top of the fifth, plating two runs.

Kory VanderStaay had a good day for the Lutes. The outfielder clubbed a home run over the left centerfield wall in the third inning. He also scored a run on a single from Ben Welch in the fifth.

"I just tried to relax a little more," Johnson said. "The first game I was trying to do more than I could, second game I just let things happen. I was able to get some more balls to fall for me. Luck is always a factor when it comes to getting hits."

Chad Gideon made his first collegiate start on the mound for the Lutes, going seven innings and giving up just three hits. He allowed two walks, struck out five and induced nine groundouts.

The team returns to to Tacoma and opens Northwest Conference play on the road at the University of Puget Sound with a doubleheader on Feb. 18. First pitch is set for 12 p.m.