Baseball grabs final win in campaign, Drive to 125

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The baseball team huddles up after their win, giving PLU the 125th win.

David Mair, Staff Writer

All year students have been watching the Drive to 125 tracker at the Old Main Market slowly but surely go up. Finally, their patience was paid off during a baseball game on March 31.

In honor of Pacific Lutheran University turning the big 1-2-5, a goal was set at the beginning of the year of 125 wins for all the PLU sports to reach together.

Now that the goal has been reached the student body has been invited to celebrate on April 10 from 10:30-12:30 a.m. in Red Square.

It was a Battle of the Sound, as PLU’s baseball team completely chopped down the University of Puget Sound Loggers 6-1 on Tuesday March 31.

Earlier in the season the two faced off against each other, the result was similar as the Lutes shook the dust off their cleats victoriously, winning 9-3.

The stands were barely filled at the PLU baseball stadium. The 40 brave Lute fans that came out though were bundled up, holding umbrellas as they endured the cold rain for two and half hours.

Stepping onto the diamond the Lutes were 19-8. The UPS Loggers were 12-12.

Junior Ty Donahue and senior Jake Otness were the pitchers for the game. The first two innings went by with neither team’s feet touching home plate.

It was not until the bottom of the third when senior infielder Bo Pearson scored. From there, the Lutes kept on shinig regardless of onset of rain.

Sophomore infielder Ben Welch made the next point when Pearson singled out to left field advancing sophomore infielder Tanner Williams to second base.

Without retaliation from the Loggers senior outfielder Collin Nilson singled to right field sending first-year outfielder Connor Cantu home.

During the seventh inning things got tense as the Loggers scored off a single through right field.

But the tense moment was merely a blink of the eye as the Lutes gained three more points in the bottom of the seventh.
The first two were from Cantu along with sophomore infielder Frank Airey, who both scored off junior infielder Tyler Thompson singled up the middle.

Finally, Thompson gave the Lutes their sixth and final point from a single through the left side by senior infielder Kit Banko. Making the game 6-1.

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Both the Lutes and the Loggers shake hands after the game.

The Lutes are now 20-8. The Lutes will take to the road for the next three games all of which are against the UPS Loggers. 🅼

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