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February 16, 2011

Lutes Look To Bounce Back From Tough Start At Cascade Northwest Challenge

THIS WEEK: The Pacific Lutheran University baseball team will head to Wilsonville, Oregon this weekend for four games as they will participate in the Cascade Northwest Challenge. After a tough start to the season in Arizona, PLU will look to find their winning formula this weekend. On Friday, the Lutes square off against Concordia University. Saturday, PLU will play a doubleheader- first facing Corban College in the morning, before facing Concordia again in the afternoon. The Lutes close out the weekend on Sunday when they face Oregon Tech. PLU is coming off a weekend that saw them go 1-3 in the Arizona Desert Classic, and 1-4 overall on the weekend. It appears the injury bug has hit the Lutes early into the 2011 season. Several key offensive contributors were lost to injury last weekend which can be attributed to part of the teams poor play. However, PLU pitchers have given up 41 earned runs over their first five games. Lutes Head Coach Geoff Loomis looks to an inexpirienced pitching staff needing answers. "No excuses for our pitching staff as they are all healthy. We will have to get better as a pitching staff to have any hope this season. It was a tough trip from a baseball standpoint."

SCOUTING THE OPPONENTS: The Concordia Cavaliers come into the weekend with a 3-2 record on the season. Concordia is led by senior Riley Tubbs who is batting .409 and has already accumulated nine hits this year. Corban College is still looking for their first win of the year as the Warriors have dropped four straight to begin their 2011 campaign. Over that four-game span, Corban has been outscored by their opponents, 43-8. Oregon Tech, who stands at 3-5 on the season, closes out the weekend slate for the Lutes. The Hustlin' Owls have had strong pitching preformances this season from Dylan Bedortha. The junior has a 1.42 ERA through two starts this year.   

DONT PUSH THE PANIC BUTTON: In 2007, PLU replicated their results from this year's Arizona Desert Classic going 1-3. However, the Lutes went onto 35-9 record that year and won their first conference championship in 53 years.

BEATTY HONORED BY NWC: PLU pitcher Max Beatty has been named Northwest Conference Pitcher of the Week. In the Lutes lone win last weekend, Beatty threw eight strong innings, scattering five hits on one unearned run. Throwing 108 pitches that afternoon, Beatty's fastball was consistently clocked in the low 90's.