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Feb. 2 , 2009

Lutes Split Twinbill With Vanguard

Game One
Game Two

COSTA MESA , Calif. - Stacey Hagensen threw a complete-game four-hitter in the opener as Pacific Lutheran split a non-conference softball doubleheader with Vanguard University on Monday afternoon.

The Lutes won the opener, 2-0, before Vanguard squeaked out a 3-2 win in the second game. PLU finished the four-game California road trip with a 1-3 record.

Hagensen, a freshman out of Bellevue's Newport High School, mowed down the Lions on four hits while walking four and striking out two. She escaped a jam in the second inning, coaxing three infield outs after the Lions' Kasie Flasck led off the frame with a triple.

The Lutes collected six hits and scored solo runs in the first and sixth innings to support Hagensen, who improved her season record to 1-1. Senior outfielder Missy Waldron led off the game with a walk, advanced to third on successive bunts and then scored on a wild pitch. In the sixth, Caitlin Brown led off with an infield single, moved to third on Karen Henjum's base hit and then scored on Eryn Beal's base hit.

Pacific Lutheran rallied from a 2-0 deficit in the second game only to see Vanguard string together three hits to score the winning run in the bottom of the sixth inning.

The Lions, 1-1 this season, scored twice in the fifth to break up a pitcher's duel between PLU's Rachel Wheeler and Vanguard's Melissa Forrester. The Lutes used three hits and a sacrifice bunt to tie the game in the top of the sixth. Waldron led off the frame with a triple and she scored moments later on Lauren Gazdik's RBI single. After Stephanie Mullen advanced Gazdik with a bunt, Wheeler hit a single to score Gazdik.

In the top of the seventh inning, PLU had the potential game-tying run on third base after Jordan Liebe's leadoff triple, but she was erased at the plate on the back end of a double play for the game's final out.

The Lutes finished with seven hits, including a pair by Liebe, and also notched their first errorless game of the season.

Wheeler took the loss, allowing three runs on eight hits while walking two and striking out two.

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