Lutes take two of three from Whitman, sit in fourth placeby Christian Dilworth, Sports Writer
The Lutes took two of three games in their second straight Northwest Conference series last weekend. After hosting Willamette two weekends ago, the Lutes traveled to Walla Walla to take the series from Whitman.
Junior Max Beatty pitched another great game to start the series, allowing one run on one hit in seven innings, but the Missionaries took game two, 6-4. Sophomore Trevor Lubking threw a masterpiece on Sunday. The lefty threw a complete-game shutout, allowing three hits, two of which didn’t leave the infield.
The Lutes improved their record to 11-5, 4-2, while the Missionaries fell to 6-9, 1-3.
PLU 9, Whitman 5
Beatty once again displayed his dominance by holding Whitman to one run on one hit during his seven innings on the mound. He only walked one and struck out 10, improving his record to 4-1 on the season.
Beatty didn’t receive much run support early however. Whitman took an early second inning lead on a homerun by Cameron Young, which held through the first six innings. It was the only hit Beatty surrendered. Pitcher Dakota Matherly held the Lutes to only five hits in six innings of work.
Once Matherly was pulled, PLU went to town on relievers Will Thompson and Tyler
Grisdale, scoring four runs on two hits. A hit batter, a walk and a timely Carson McCord base-clearing triple scored three. McCord, a first-year and infielder, then scored the fourth run of the inning on a passed ball.
An inning later, the Lutes scored five more runs on three hits and a pair of errors.
Centerfielder Dominick Courcy, a junior, hit a two RBI single, McCord drew a bases-loaded walk, and catcher Curtis Wildung, a sophomore, contributed a sacrifice fly to the rally.
Whitman scored four runs in the ninth before sophomore AJ Konopaski came in and collected the final two outs.
Whitman 6, PLU 4
The Missionaries jumped to an early three-run lead off of three hits, and two errors in the bottom of the first didn’t give it up.
PLU got on the board in the top of the fourth inning when Wildung drove in McCord from first with a double. McCord reached base after being hit by a pitch. He has been hit six times this season. Only infielder Jacob Olsufka, a senior, has been hit more at eight times.
Whitman added to its lead in the fifth to make it 5-1 before the Lutes scored twice in the seventh on a two RBI double by outfielder Daniel Altchech, a sophomore. The Missionaries responded with a homerun and got the win.
Sophomore Spencer Hobson picked up the win, holding PLU to one run on two hits through six innings. He struck out six and only walked two. The Lutes’ Chris Bishop, a sophomore, took the loss, allowing four runs on five hits in three innings.
PLU 1, Whitman 0
Pacific Lutheran finished the series with a win behind the arm of Lubking who stuck out 11 in a complete game shutout performance — the first of his collegiate career.
The sophomore from Buckley got into a bit of a jam in the fourth when a leadoff single and an error put runners on first and second with no outs. Lubking made it through the heart of the lineup with a pop up, strikeout, and a groundout to end the inning.
In the sixth, the Missionaries knocked on the door again, getting a runner to third, but Lubking tallied up another strikeout to end the threat.
The Lutes scored the only run in the game in the third after junior Nicholas Hall, a middle infielder, singled to center and advanced to second on an error. Two outs later, Wildung walked to load the bases, and Hall scored on a balk.
PLU continues conference action this weekend, hosting the defending champion Whitworth Pirates in a three-game series. The teams play a doubleheader tomorrow and a single game on Sunday. The first pitch on both days is at noon.