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March 16, 2011

Saints Pitchers Put PLU Offense on Ice

PARKLAND - On a cold and sometimes rainy Wednesday afternoon, Saint Martin's pitchers put the Pacific Lutheran bats on ice as the visiting Saints whipped the Lutes, 10-1, in a non-conference baseball game played at the PLU field.

Playing for only the fourth time since Feb. 20, the Lutes dropped their 2011 home opener to fall to 5-8 for the season. Saint Martin's, meanwhile, improves its overall record to 10-11.

A total of five different Saints pitchers limited PLU to just three hits in the game while recording nine strikeouts and coaxing 15 ground outs. Alex Bielaski benefitted from working the fifth inning, picking up the win to improve his record to 1-0.

The Lutes scored their only run in the sixth when Corey Moore broke up the Saint Martin's no-hit bid with a ground ball single through the middle, stole second, and then scored on Ryan Aratani's base hit through the left side of the infield. PLU's only other hit came in the seventh when Nicholas Hall beat out an infield single.

Saint Martin's collected 14 hits against seven different PLU pitchers, including starter and loser Nathan Eisenhauer. The Saints scored twice on two hits in the first inning against Eisenhauer, and that was enough.

Cody Brooks had three hits, two runs and two RBI to lead the Saints, who also got a pair of hits from Zach Leonard, Blaine Evans, Aaron Johnson and Andrew Elke.

PLU returns to action this weekend when it hosts the Pacific Boxers in a three-game Northwest Conference series. The teams play a doubleheader starting at noon on Saturday and conclude the series with a nine-inning game starting at noon on Sunday.

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