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LOS ANGELES, Calif. - Elli Rassbach and Kat Enyeart combined for a no-hitter in the nightcap as the Pacific Lutheran University softball ran roughshod over Shepherd University on Thursday in an exhibition doubleheader in Los Angeles. The Lutes secured the 9-3 victory in the opener before rolling to the mercy rule shortened 14-0 win in game two.
"23 players saw time today," said Head Coach Brandi Gordon Bennett. "It's always nice to see all their hard work pay off and show on the field against another team. It's a good starting point for us to kick off the season and we learned some little things to work on. All and all, it was a good day."
Kailyn Osaki and Kathryn Hatlen each finished three-for-four at the plate in the opener while Samantha Simundson was two-for-four as the Lutes secured the six-run win.
In game two, Rassbach and Enyeart retired 15 batters without yielding a hit in the five inning no-hitter. Rassbach handled the opening three frames, striking out two while Enyeart had one punchout over the final two innings.
"We debated leaving Elli in since she was throwing a no-no but wanted to get Kat an opportunity today. She held the no-no and it's great to see her compete after a year off from her injury. Overall our pitchers threw well today."
The no-hitter was anchored by strong defensive play from PLU with the Lutes finishing the doubleheader with no errors.
"We were thrilled (with no errors). Defensive errors took us out of ball games last year and our focus is on it. Coach Barrett's extra time with the team on the details and the team's hard work the last month showed today."
The Lutes return to the diamond tomorrow, opening the regular season with a twinbill against Pomona-Pitzer Colleges beginning at 12 p.m.