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March 13, 2010

Lutes Stumble Against Menlo in Baseball

ATHERTON, Calif. - Pacific Lutheran came into its three-game non-conference baseball series with the Menlo Oaks ranked No. 14 in this week's d3baseball.com Top 25, but you can expect the Lutes to fall from that perch after they were swept aside in two Saturday afternoon games.

The Oaks took 8-7 and 9-3 victories from the Lutes, who lost both games despite collecting a total of 23 hits in the doubleheader compared to 17 for the hosts.

Menlo, now 8-8 for the season, scored three times with two outs in the bottom of the eighth to win the game. The Oaks had three hits and two walks in the frame and scored the game-winning run on a wild pitch.

The Lutes took a 4-0 lead in the second on run-scoring singles by Ryan Aratani and Spencer Downs, followed by a two-run homer by Corey Moore. PLU added runs in the third, fourth and seventh innings, but could not shut the door on Menlo's late comeback.

Sammy Davis and Dan Johansen both had a pair of PLU's 10 hits in the game. Max Beatty, who came on in relief of Trey Watt in the bottom of the eighth, took the loss in his first appearance of the season.

In the second game, Menlo held a narrow 3-2 lead until a five-run sixth inning broke the game open. The Oaks scored the five runs on three hits, a hit batter, a walk and a PLU error.

Pacific Lutheran collected 13 hits in the game, including three by Davis and two each from Takayoshi and Ben Shively, but they left a total of nine runners on base.

The two teams conclude their three-game series with a single nine-inning game starting at 1 p.m. on Sunday.

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