Friday, February 15, 2013

Baseball team opens season 4-2

 by Nathan Shoup, Sports Editor

     Max Beatty is back from cancer. The Lutes only have two seniors. It is the first season on the new FieldTurf that was put in this summer. There are plenty of storylines in place for the 2013 Pacific Lutheran baseball team, but none may be more significant than the fact that the season has started.
Beatty delivers a pitch in the early going of the Lutes’ season-opening 4-0 victory over Concordia (Ore.) last Monday on PLU’s new synthetic playing surface. Photo by Heather Perry.

    The Lutes played six games in seven days spanning from last Monday to last Sunday. PLU sits at 4-2.

    Concordia (Ore.) made the trip to Parkland last Monday for the Lutes’ season-opening double header.

    Beatty started game one. It was his first time in a PLU uniform since being diagnosed with testicular cancer last winter. His offense was good enough behind him to down the Cavaliers 4-0. Beatty picked up the win throwing two scoreless innings. 

    The second game was all Concordia. PLU managed four hits and fell 1-4.

    After a day off, the Lutes flew to Phoenix to play in the Arizona Desert Classic. NCAA Div. III schools from the Northwest Conference, Southern California Athletic Conference and American Southwest Conference compete in the preseason tournament.

    The trip started roughly for the Lutes who fell 1-18 to Hardin-Simmons, a school from Texas. It was the lone blemish on the trip. PLU won the next three games.

    Beatty, a senior with junior eligibility, was dominant against No. 16 Concordia-Texas on Friday, striking out 12 in eight scoreless innings. The Lutes won 3-0.

    On Saturday, juniors Dominick Courcy and Alec Beal both chipped in three hits in a 7-4 victory over Redlands. Trevor Lubking picked up his first win allowing three runs over six innings.

    The follwing day, the Lutes scored three runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to put away Whittier 7-3.

    Sophomore closer Chris Bishop collected two saves during the trip.

    The Lutes have this weekend off before playing the NWC-CCC  (Cascade Collegiate Conference)Challenge next weekend in McMinville, Ore.

Editor’s note: Nathan is a member of the PLU baseball team.