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Lutes hold strong in 4-0 defeat against top-ranked Texas-Tyler

Marissa Miller / Photo by Jason Borean
Marissa Miller / Photo by Jason Borean

TYLER, Texas – Pacific Lutheran limited the top-ranked team in NCAA Div. III to two runs through the first five innings, but Texas-Tyler scored twice in the bottom of the sixth and held the Lutes without a run to claim a 4-0 nonconference softball victory at Suddenlink Field.

"We played well today," Emily McConnell said. "Of course our goal is to win every game, but I feel that we learned valuable lessons today and look forward to applying those lessons in our coming games.

Marissa Miller allowed two runs while pitching the first 4.1 innings before Elli Rassbach came in to pitch the final five outs. McConnell reached base via walk and Nichole Schroeder picked up a hit for the Lutes in the game. Both reached base in the top of the first, as the Lutes put runners on the corners with two outs in the inning for their best chance to score in the game.

"It was a great opportunity to play the top team in the country," Miller said. "We're looking forward to our next opportunity playing another top-five-ranked team. This entire week is about testing ourselves and learning what we need to do to be more successful throughout the year."

Texas-Tyler scored once in the second and once in the fourth against Miller, and the Patriots tacked on two more in the sixth against Rassbach. The Lutes have a day off Wednesday before taking on fourth-ranked East Texas Baptist Friday at 5 p.m. CST in Marshall, Texas.