Written by Student Assistant Christian Bond
NEWBERG, Ore. - The Pacific Lutheran University baseball team scored four runs in the fourth inning on its way to an 8-2 win over George Fox University on Friday in a non-conference game at Morse Athletic Field.
The scoring surge started in the fourth for Lutes (23-13) when Connor Cantu came to the plate with Jacob Clements and Matt Vick on base. Cantu doubled, allowing Clements to score before Ben Welch stepped to plate and delivered a three-run homer to left, giving the Lutes a 5-0 cushion. Welch had a monster day, going four-for-five with five RBIs.
PLU added three runs in the eighth. Welch doubled home the rest of his five RBIs, and would come on to score on a groundout from Gosline.
The Bruins (17-18) collected both of their scores in the seventh, utilizing an RBI single and a sacrifice fly to get on the board.
Cole Johnson got the start on the mound, going 6 1/3 innings, allowing six hits, one earned run, and one walk. The lefty struck out five. Andrew Curran was on in relief and would finish the game. He didn't allow a hit, and struck out four.
"Curran came in and battled today," Head Coach Nolan Soete said. "He lacked fastball command, but he did a good job controlling his off speed pitches. Cole Johnson really threw well today."
The Lutes are back on the field tomorrow, with a doubleheader against two different opponents. They play Linfield College at 2 p.m. and have a night game with Pacific University at 5 p.m.