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April 3, 2010

Hard-Hitting Lutes Finish Sweep of Missionaries

WALLA WALLA, Wash. - Pounding out 20 hits, Pacific Lutheran finished a three-game Northwest Conference baseball series sweep of the host Whitman Missionaries with a 23-1 win on Saturday afternoon at Borleske Stadium.

The romp keeps the Lutes, 19-6 overall, in first place in the baseball standings with a 10-2 record in the NWC. Whitman slipped to 3-12 in conference and 3-23 on the season.

The Lutes swung the sticks to the tune of eight runs in their first two at-bats and then broke the game open with four more runs in the fourth inning.

Sammy Davis, Dan Johansen and Josh Takayoshi belted home runs, combined for eight of Pacific Lutheran's 20 hits and collected a total of 10 RBI. Davis had three hits and four RBI, Takayoshi collected three hits, three RBI and scored four runs, and Johansen had two hits and three runs driven in.

Jason Sease and Eric Korsmo had two hits apiece for Whitman, which plated its lone run in the bottom of the ninth. With the Missionaries down to their last out, John Nortz walked and scored when Mitch Hannoosh doubled into the left-center field gap.

Scott Wall got the pitching victory for the Lutes with five innings of four-hit ball. He fanned four and walked one in upping his record to 4-1.  

Pacific Lutheran returns to action at 4 p.m. Thursday with a non-conference game against Seattle University at Bannerwood Park in Bellevue.

(Courtesy of Whitman Sports Information Office.)