Sunday, March 11, 2012

Softball suffers first loss

By Nathan Shoup, Sports Reporter

Last weekend, the Lutes dropped their lone conference contest in the final of a four-game set against Whitworth. Saturday, PLU made easy work of the Pirates winning 12-0 and 14-0, both in five innings.

Sunday, Whitworth ace Riley Fritz was able to cool off PLU’s offense. In the first game, Fritz held the Lutes to five runs in six innings. PLU’s five were the least scored since losing 5-4 to BYU-Hawaii Feb. 6.

Fritz was stellar in the second game, allowing only three earned runs in seven innings en route to the victory.

The Lutes made a push to remain undefeated in the NWC, trailing 6-2 into the home half of the seventh inning

With one out and the bases loaded, All-American pitcher senior Stacey Hagensen singled up the middle to plate infielder senior Ami Gran. Outfielder senior Amanda Goings attempted to score from second on the play but was thrown out at the plate.

Down to the final out, infielder junior Kaaren Hatlen hit a two-out single that scored Hagensen and outfielder junior Montessa Califano.

Down one run, the Lutes’ push for heroics ended when infielder junior Glenelle Nitta lined out to the right fielder to end the game.

The 6-5 defeat was the first NWC loss for the Lutes and the first NWC victory for Whitworth, now 1-7 in the NWC.