Written by Student Assistant Christian Bond
FOREST GROVE, Ore. - The Pacific Lutheran University baseball team's offense struggled to score runs in Sunday's regular season finale, dropping a 7-2 contest against Pacific University at Chuck Bafaro Stadium.
The Lutes' (25-14) Cole Johnson started the afternoon where he left off on Saturday as he singled home Jacob Bockelie in the bottom of the first inning. Unfortunately for the Lutes, it would be the only run they scored until the bottom of the ninth. The host Boxers (14-23) quickly seized the lead with two runs in the bottom of the first before adding five more in the fourth inning. Pacific continued to pad its lead with single runs in the sixth and eighth innings. Casey Dawes scored PLU's second run of the day, coming home on a Boxer fielding error.
PLU tallied just six hits with two coming off the bat of Landon Packard.
The Lutes patched their pitchers together for the game, with no pitcher throwing more than three innings. Chaz Lopez got the start and went 2/3 of an inning and was tagged with the loss. Tanner Zuber threw 2 2/3 innings and struck out two batters while Tanner Williams tossed 3 2/3 innings with one strikeout. Janson Pederson closed the game, allowing just one baserunner and no runs in one inning of work.