Written by Student Assistant Sarah Cornell-Maier
TACOMA, Wash. – The Pacific Lutheran University baseball team took down the visiting Linfield College in a non-conference matchup on Saturday, schooling them with a final score of 8-6.
The second inning started off for the Lutes (24-17) with a lead-off single by Marques Carlson, and three consecutive walks to Max Cummings, Tori Doten, and Adam Stump that drove Carlson in to score the first run for the Lutes. Matt Vick hit a sacrifice fly to right to drive in Cummings, and a double from Connor Cantu drove in Doten, moving Stump to third. A two-out single from Jacob Bockelie drove in both Stump and Cantu, giving the Lutes a 5-1 lead over the Wildcats (22-17).
"As a team we did a great job hitting the baseball and minimizing damage," said Doten. "Being a first year on this team I have learned a lot from the seniors on how to be a better baseball player and person in general"
The Wildcats scored three runs in the top of the third to threaten the Lute's lead, but the Lutes added more in the bottom of the third. A two-out double from Doten put a runner on, and an RBI single from Stump added one on for the Lutes, taking them to a 6-4 lead.
PLU added to its lead in the fifth inning, with four straight two-out singles driving in two runs. There was a single from Doten, and a single for Stump that moved Doten to third. Next up was an RBI single from Vick that drove in Doten, followed by an RBI single from Cantu that drove in Stump. This took the Lutes to an 8-5 lead in the fifth. The Lutes held the Wildcats to a single run in the rest of the game, winning 8-6.
"This season has been full of ups and downs," said Doten. "We have found our stride and would like to take that into next game."
The Lutes return on Sunday to play Linfield in their final game of the season. They will be celebrating their seven seniors before the game.
"Senior day is right around the corner and although it'll be sad to see the seniors leave we would love to send them out on a high note with a win against them Linfield," said Doten.
The Lutes return to PLU Field on Sunday at 10 a.m.