Written by Student Assistant Christian Bond
MCMINNVILLE, Ore. – Alex Gregory earned his first-career win on the mound against Linfield College, aiding the Pacific Lutheran University baseball team in picking up a 7-5 win on Sunday night to close out the Northwest Conference Preseason Tournament.
Gregory's performance was exactly what the Lutes (2-6) needed in their final contest before Northwest Conference play begins next Saturday against the University of Puget Sound. Gregory scattered eight hits over six innings of work. He gave up five runs, but made up for it with seven strikeouts. The bullpen was outstanding. It started with an appearance from Janson Pederson. Pederson went two innings, allowing just one hit. Jacob Mortensen came on for the save. He faced the minimum, striking out a batter on his way to closing the game for the Lutes.
"Alex Gregory got his first collegiate win tonight," head coach Nolan Soete said. "He did a good job controlling his secondary pitches and gave us a chance to beat a good team. Janson Pederson did a great job holding the lead in the 7th and 8th and Jacob Mortensen came in and closed it out for us. They all did a great job competing today."
PLU experienced excellent offensive production inning in the top of the second. Tori Doten singled up the middle, scoring Cameron Clem and Austin Gormley. Doten finished the day with a hit, a walk, and two runs batted in. A few batters later, it was Anthony Gosline driving in Cole Johnson and Jacob Bockelie. Both two-run singles came with two outs.
The Lutes gained insurance runs. Connor Cantu drew a walk that scored a run in the fifth. In the seventh, Matt Vick hit a sacrifice fly to center field scoring Marques Carlson. Throughout the game, the team did an excellent job of getting runners on base. In total, the team had seven hits and eight walks. Clem was a solid contributor, going one-for-one with two walks.
Ethan Jones absorbed the loss, lasting just 1 2/3 innings and yielding five earned runs for the host Wildcats (5-3).
"We had a lot of quality at bats today," Soete said. "Gosline and Doten had clutch two-out hits for us in big situations and Cameron Clem was on base four times as well. Overall it was a very productive performance up and down the lineup."
The home and conference opener happens next weekend when PLU hosts crosstown rival Puget Sound. On Saturday, a double-header is set to take place with the first pitch of game one happening at 11 a.m. with game two to follow shortly after. The three-game series concludes on Sunday with a game that starts at noon.