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Hagensen Throws No-No as Lutes Sweep Pioneers

Stacey Hagensen delivers a pitch during her no-hitter
Stacey Hagensen delivers a pitch during her no-hitter

PORTLAND, Ore. - Stacey Hagensen threw a six-inning no-hitter in the opening game and Leah Butters added a three-hit shutout in Sunday's second contest as Pacific Lutheran swept aside Lewis & Clark in a Northwest Conference softball doubleheader played at Huston Sports Complex.

The Lutes, ranked No. 6 in Division III softball, improved to 28-10 overall and 18-4 in the conference by way of the two victories, 8-0 in six innings and 10-0 in five innings. Lewis & Clark is now 3-30 overall and 1-22 in the NWC.

First Game - PLU 8, Lewis & Clark 0 (6 innings)

Hagensen, the 2011 Northwest Conference Pitcher of the Year, threw her first collegiate no-hitter. She faced just 20 batters and Lewis & Clark's two baserunners came by way of PLU errors. The senior right-hander out of Newport High School in Bellevue struck out two batters while improving her record to 15-5.

PLU had 10 hits in the game, including two apiece by Hagensen, Kaaren Hatlen, Glenelle Nitta and Montessa Califano. Hagensen, Hatlen and Haley Harshaw all drove in two runs.

Hatlen hit a two-run homer with two outs in the first inning to start the scoring, and PLU added two more in the third with Harshaw and Hagensen collecting the RBI. Califano drove in the Lutes' fifth run of the game in the fourth inning, and a three-run sixth inning finally put the game away. Amanda Goings, Harshaw and Hagensen all drove in a run during the rally.

The victory was the 200th in the college coaching career of Erin Van Nostrand.

Second Game - PLU 10, Lewis & Clark 0 (5 innings)

Pitching in her hometown, Butters improved to 4-2 this season by liming the Pioneers to just three hits while walking two and striking out one.

She got plenty of offensive support as the Lutes scored their 10 runs on 11 hits. For the second straight game Hatlen had a home run among her two hits, but this one was a grand slam in the fourth inning. Amdnda Hall had three hits and two RBI and Katie Lowery added a pair of hits for the Lutes.

The Lutes scored two in the first in Hall's two-run single, one on the second on Harshaw's sacrifice fly, and added three in the third on four hits including RBI singles by Lindsey Matsunaga and Lowery. Hatlen's team-high eighth homer of the season finished the scoring in the fourth.

Pacific Lutheran is back in action at 2 p.m. Tuesday when it hosts Willamette in a Northwest Conference doubleheader. The team were to have played on March 31, but that twinbill was rained out and pushed back to April 10.

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