Written by Student Assistant Sarah Cornell-Maier
TACOMA, Wash. – The Pacific Lutheran University baseball team sent its seniors out in style on Sunday, downing Linfield College 4-3 at PLU Field to earn a sweep of the weekend non-conference series.
The PLU (25-17) scoring kicked off in the bottom of the third inning, with a single from Jacob Bockelie, the NWC Player of the Year. Marques Carlson then drew a walk, and a Max Cummings single drove in Bockelie and moved Carlson to third. Senior Leif Hansen came in to pinch run for Cummings. Tori Doten then hit a scorching double which scored Carlson. With these runs, the Lutes has tied things up with Linfield (22-18).
In the bottom of the 8th, Wesley Nixon hit a lead off triple, and consecutive walks to Stump and Vick loaded the bases. A Cantu single scored Nixon and Stump to take the lead for the first time in the game, putting the Lutes at their eventual winning score of 4-3.
On the mound for the Lutes, Cole Johnson rocked 8 1/3 innings, boasting three strikeouts on the day and collecting the win before giving way for fellow senior Josh Takagi for the final two outs of the top of the ninth, giving Takagi the save.
The Lutes said goodbye to seven seniors prior to Sunday's game. Connor Cantu, Anthony Gosline, Leif Hansen, Cole Johnson, Adam Stump, Matt Vick, and Josh Takagi all took the field for their final game in a PLU uniform. The 2018 seniors accumulated a 111-64 record on the diamond, winning two Northwest Conference titles, one NWC Tournament title, and making two NCAA Division III Tournament appearances. The seniors additionally boasted a 68-28 record in NWC play.
"This was a great group of young men," said Head Coach Nolan Soete. "They accomplished a lot on and off the field, and we will miss them a lot."