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April 23, 2011

Wall Pitches PLU Past Lewis & Clark in Baseball

PORTLAND, Ore. - Scott Wall allowed only one run on five hits, and his strong pitching effort was crucial for Pacific Lutheran, which pulled out a 3-1 Northwest Conference baseball win over host Lewis & Clark on Saturday afternoon at Huston Sports Complex.

Wall went the nine-inning distance, striking out six and walking just one to improve his season record to 6-0.

The Lutes managed just six hits against the Pioneers, and all three of their runs were unearned.

They took a 1-0 lead in the third on a two-out error that allowed Alec Beal to score from third base. After Lewis & Clark tied the score with a run in the fourth, the Lutes plated two runs with two outs in the fifth inning. Ryan Boyles reached on an error to lead off and he moved up on a double by Jacob Hoffman. Beal hit a two-out sacrifice fly for the first run and Brock Gates plated the second with an infield single.

Wall did the rest, retiring the Pioneers, who finished the season 5-32 overall and 3-21 in the NWC, in order in five out of nine innings.

The Lutes (18-14 overall, 13-8 NWC) have four games on tap this coming week. They play NCAA Division I Seattle University in Bellevue on Tuesday, and then close out the home portion of their schedule with a three-game series against conference champion Linfield next Saturday and Sunday. Linfield wrapped up the NWC title a week early by taking two of three games from George Fox this weekend.

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