SPOKANE, Wash. - (From PLU Sports Information) In a game that saw a total of 28 runs and 29 hits, 17th-ranked Pacific Lutheran finished a Northwest Conference baseball series sweep of visiting Whitworth with an 18-10 win on a sunny and warm Sunday afternoon.
Winning its seventh consecutive game, PLU stayed atop the Northwest Conference standing with a 13-2 record, and it is now 23-6 overall. After losing all three games of the series, the Pirates are now 5-10 in the conference and 8-21 for the season.
Pacific Lutheran scored four runs in both the second and third innings and added six more in the fifth, but all of those runs were needed as Whitworth scored all 10 of its runs from the third through sixth innings.
PLU took a 4-0 lead in the second on Corey Moore's two-run double and RBI singles by Ethan Ottemiller and Jaron Iwakami. Whitworth put three on the board in the top of the third on a two-run single by Landon Scott and a run-scoring ground out by Kyle Krustangel.
The Lutes added four more runs in the bottom of the third on RBI singles by Moore and Ben Shively and a two-run triple by Iwakami, but again the Pirates came back with a three-spot in the next inning. They had three hits in the uprising, but the first run scored on a wild pitch and the next two on a throwing error.
Whitworth tied the game at 8-8 with two runs in the top of the fifth, those coming on a run-scoring double by JR Jarrell and a sacrifice fly by Andrew Durant.
The Lutes regained the momentum with a six-run outburst in the bottom of the fifth inning. Dan Johansen plated the first two runs with a base hit, and Ryan Aratani added a run-producing single. Moore, who finished the game with four hits and five RBI, drove in two runs with a double and Shively wrapped up the rally with a sacrifice fly.
The visiting Pirates managed two more runs in the sixth on Dan Belet's two-run double, but the Lutes answered with a run in the sixth and three more in the seventh to put the game away. PLU scored on a wild pitch in the sixth, and in the seventh Shively drove in a run with a single and Josh Takayoshi added a two-run double.
Moore led the 17-hit PLU offense with his four hits, five RBI and three runs scored, Shively was 3-for-3 with two runs scored and three driven in, and Iwakami had a pair of hits and three RBI. Takayoshi, Aratani and Brock Gates all added a pair of hits for the Lutes.
Scott had three hits today and finished the series with nine hits in 14 at bats, including two homers, a triple and two doubles, with eight runs batted in and five runs scored. Belet, Durant and Marlowe Peter all had a pair of hits for the Pirates.
Nic Delikat picked up the win in relief for PLU, though he allowed four runs, three earned, in only one inning of relief. Ryan Frost threw the final four innings, giving up no runs on only two hits while striking out four.
Ben George, the first of five Whitworth pitchers, was knocked from the mound after 2 2/3 innings in which he gave up eight earned runs on seven hits.