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Miller Tosses Complete Game Shutout; Lutes and Bruins Split Doubleheader

Miller Tosses Complete Game Shutout; Lutes and Bruins Split Doubleheader

NEWBERG, Ore. – Marissa Miller pitched a complete game and the Pacific Lutheran offense came up with timely two-out hits to claim a 3-0 victory in Game 2 of Tuesday's doubleheader with George Fox.  

The Lutes (16-8, 8-6) needed a strong team performance after dropping Game 1 and Miller led the way. The sophomore allowed just two hits and struck out three to earn her sixth victory of the year.

"Marissa threw a great game and we played great defense behind her," PLU head coach Lance Glasoe said.

The game was scoreless through the first three innings until the Lutes broke through in the top of the fourth to grab a 1-0 lead.

Nichole Schroeder led off the inning with a single and was lifted for pinch-runner Kayla Russell who stole second and scored on Kelli Crawford's two-out double down the right field line.

The score remained 1-0 into the fifth inning when Kailyn Osaki singled to center and advanced to second base on a sacrifice bunt by Becca Sorensen. Emily McConnell's pinch-hit single to left field scored Osaki and Schroeder then followed up with a double to left field to plate McConnell. 

"Kelli and Kailyn came in and had quality at-bats that got us going offensively," Glasoe said. "It was good to see the team rebound in our second game today."

The 3-0 lead was all Miller needed to close the door on the Bruins.

The Lutes dropped Game 1 of the doubleheader, 4-0.

NOTABLE…

- Miller now has 20 complete games in her career. Today's shutout lowered her season ERA to 1.71

- Russell's stolen base made her 2-for-2 in stolen base attempts this season

- The Lutes have been successful in 48-of-52 stolen base attempts this season.

WHAT IT MEANS…

With the doubleheader split, the Lutes are in a four-way tie with George Fox, Willamette and Linfield for second place in the Northwest Conference standings.

WHATS ON TAP…

The Lutes and Bruins conclude their make-up series with a doubleheader on Wednesday. First pitch is scheduled for 2 p.m. The games can be viewed via the George Fox Live Stream.

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