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Offensive Woes Do In Lutes, Who Lose Twice to UPS

Trailing Linfield and George Fox by two games for first place, the Lutes dropped both ends of Northwest Conference doubleheader to Puget Sound Saturday. The Lutes dropped the opener 3-1 and the nightcap 4-2.

With the loss Pacific Lutheran, fell to 13-8 overall, 6-5 in the NWC. The Lutes are now on a three-game skid after dropping the series finale to Whitworth last Sunday and four games behind Linfield who swept both ends of a doubleheader against Whitworth Saturday.

Game One - Puget Sound 3, PLU 1

Max Beatty was the hard-luck loser, allowing only two earned runs in an eight-inning complete game. It was Beatty's second consecutive complete game effort. With the loss, Beatty fell to 5-2 on the season.

The Major League Baseball prospect was clocked at 94 miles per hour in the first inning.

Puget Sound's Matt Robinson also went the distance, allowing a single earned run on eight PLU hits.

The Lutes scored their lone run of the game in the top of the fourth inning to tie the game at 1-1 when Collin Nilson led off the inning with a bouncing single up the middle. Chris Bishop advanced Nilson to second on a single of his own up the middle. Drew Oord plated Nilson with a two-out single, also a bouncing ball up the middle.

Puget Sound took the lead for good in the bottom of the fifth on an infield single. With runners on second and third, Puget Sound's Kaulana Smith hit a chopper to Oord at third who was unable to bare hand the slow roller. Beatty induced the following hitter to fly out to Nilson in centerfield to end the threat.

The Loggers added an unearned insurance run in the bottom of the seventh on a one-out RBI single through the right side of the infield.

Alec Beal and Curtis Wildung both finished 2-for-4 at the plate, but they were the only Lutes to finish with multiple hits. The Lutes finished with eight hits as a team.

The Lutes left nine men on base in the first five innings in the game, which lasted less than two hours.

Game Two- Puget Sound 4, PLU 2

With the game scoreless in the top of the fourth and runners on second and third, Jacob Olsufka hit a triple to put the Lutes up 2-0. Nilson and Wildung scored on the play.



Puget Sounds' centerfielder, Stephen Kelsey, dove for the low line-drive but missed, and the ball rolled into deep centerfield before the left fielder, Connor Savage, threw the ball in.

The Loggers tied the game in home half of the sixth on an RBI single and sacrifice fly.

Trevor Lubking absorbed the loss, allowing four earned runs on eight hits, fanning 10, over 6 1/3 innings. It was the southpaw's first loss of the season against four victories. 

Puget Sound scored twice in the bottom of the seventh on a one-out RBI double and a bases-loaded sacrifice fly to end the scoring.

Jake Otness surrendered one hit in a scoreless 1 2/3 innings of relief.

For the second consecutive game Wildung went 2-for-4 at the dish. The Lutes managed seven hits as a team and left 11 men on base.

The Lutes and Loggers conclude the three-game NWC series tomorrow with a single game slated to begin at 1 p.m.