LUTES BEGIN WITH DOUBLEHEADER SPLITS
The defending national champion Pacific Lutheran softball team began their new season by splitting a pair of doubleheaders at Pacific (Ore.) and Lewis & Clark on Feb. 23-24.
The Lutes fell 6-3 in their opener against Pacific on Feb. 23, surrendering a walk-off grand slam by the Boxers’ Ashley Mitchell in the bottom of the seventh inning. Lauren Watson doubled and had two runs batted in, while Glenelle Nitta was 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI as the Lutes had taken a 3-1 lead.
They responded in dominant fashion in the nightcap, winning 7-0 behind Leah Butters’ complete-game five-hitter. The Lutes broke a scoreless tie with six runs in the top of the fifth, as Kelsey Robinson’s two-run single capped the rally.
PLU won 8-2 in the opener at Lewis & Clark on Feb. 24, as Robinson added two more RBIs and Butters pitched seven more strong innings. Kaaren Hatlen added a two-run homer in the fourth for the Lutes.
But Lewis & Clark won 1-0 in the nightcap, breaking a streak of 49 consecutive losses to the Lutes. Pacific Lutheran managed just one hit against starter Madison Hollenbeck – a first-inning single by Hatlen. The Pioneers scored the game’s only run on a sacrifice fly from Hannah Dal Pra in the bottom of the sixth.
The Lutes continue their season-opening road trip with doubleheaders at Whitworth on March 2-3, with each starting at noon.
LOGGERS SEARCHING FOR FIRST WIN
The University of Puget Sound softball team is still looking for its first win of the new season after dropping two games at Lewis & Clark on Feb. 23 and two more at Pacific (Ore.) on Feb. 24.
The Loggers fell 13-1 to the Pioneers in the opener on Feb. 23, as Chelsea Lindroth tripled to score Lisa Colombo in the first for their only run. Lindroth finished 3-for-3 and Colombo was 2-for-2 with a walk.
The Loggers got the bats going in the second game, but fell 17-9 to the Pioneers. Brianna Huber nailed a three-run homer in the first and Lindroth added a two-run homer in the second as UPS jumped out to a 6-2 lead, but they surrendered eight runs in the bottom of the second. Marissa Jeffers was 2-for-3 with three RBIs, and Colombo finished 2-for-3 with two runs scored.
The Loggers lost both games to Pacific by an 8-0 score, managing just four hits combined in the doubleheader. They return to the road for a couple of doubleheaders at George Fox on March 2-3, with both starting at noon.
TITANS CLOSE WITH BIG WIN
The Tacoma Community College men’s basketball team closed the regular season with a 91-62 win at home over Green River on Feb. 23, and will head to the NWAACC Championship having won six of their last seven games.
The Titans shot 55 percent from the field against the Gators, and took a 43-23 lead at the break after limiting Green River to just 22 percent shooting in the first half. Josh Lord led the way for TCC with 17 points, while Jibreel Stevens had 12 points and Damani Coley added 10 points. Julian Vaughn had nine points and team highs with six rebounds and five assists, while Darius Johnson-Wilson and Adrian Harper each also tallied nine points for the Titans.
The Titans now travel to the conference championships, which take place from March 2-5 at the Toyota Center in Kennewick. The win against Green River secured the second seed to the tournament for TCC, as they will take on Peninsula in their opener on March 2 at noon. Should they win, they would play the winner between Chemeketa and Walla Walla on March 3 at 2 p.m. in the quarterfinals.
LADY TITANS ALSO TOURNEY BOUND
After a 63-56 win over Green River to close out the regular season, the Tacoma Community College women’s basketball team also are heading to the conference tournament in Kennewick as the fourth seed from their division.
Angie Sanchez put forth her typical dominant performance in leading the squad over the Gators, finishing with game highs of 19 points, 16 rebounds and seven steals. But three other Titans also scored in double figures, as Kaitlyn Sauders scored 14 points, Jayme Jacinto hit three three-pointers and tallied 11 points and Alexus Grant added 10 points and eight rebounds.
The women’s NWAACC tournament also takes place March 2-5 at the Toyota Center in Kennewick. The Titans will face Bellevue in their opener on March 2 at 10 a.m. If they win, they will take on the winner between Centralia and Peninsula on March 3 at noon.
LUTES WIN THREE OF FOUR
The Pacific Lutheran baseball team won three of its four games at the CCC-NWC Challenge on Feb. 22-24 in Oregon, upping its record to 7-3 on the season.
The Lutes managed just four hits in a 3-1 loss at Linfield on Feb. 22, as Nicholas Hall’s fielder’s choice plated the only run in the second inning.
But PLU responded with a walk-off 5-4 win over Oregon Tech in 10 innings on Feb. 23, as Marcus McClurkin singled to score Jacob Olsufka to win it. McClurkin and Carson McCord finished with two RBIs apiece, while Dominick Courcy was 4-for-6 with a run scored and Collin Nilson was 3-for-5 with two runs scored.
The Lutes cruised to an 8-1 win over Corban on Feb. 24, as catcher Curtis Wildung was 3-for-4 with a double, triple, homerun and three RBIs. Hall was 3-for-3 with two doubles and two RBIs, and starter Trevor Lubking allowed one run on five hits in five innings, with three walks and eight strikeouts to pick up the win.
PLU closed the weekend with a 3-0 win over Concordia, as starter Chris Bishop pitched seven shutout innings, allowing six hits and two walks with 14 strikeouts. Courcy’s two-run single in the eighth inning helped the Lutes to the win.
The Lutes now return home to begin conference play, as they host Willamette in a doubleheader on March 2 at 11 a.m. and in a single game on March 3 at 11 a.m.
RUN TO HONOR FALLEN JBLM ARMY RANGER
Puget Sound runners and walkers can honor the legacy of Pac-12 and NFL great Pat Tillman by participating in Pat’s Run Shadow Run on April 20 at 9 a.m. The Western Washington Shadow Run will begin in Tacoma at Thea’s Park, 405 Dock St., by the downtown waterfront.
Pat’s Run Shadow Runs are fun 4.2-mile runs symbolic of the number 42 Pat wore while attending Arizona State University. Proceeds from this Shadow Run directly support the Tillman Military Scholars program. To date, 230 Tillman Military Scholars representing 34 states and attending 71 academic institutions, including the University of Washington, have been awarded more than $3.2 million in scholarship money.
To participate in the Shadow Run, you must register in advance online. To sign-up and for more information about the benefit run, visit the Pat’s Run website at http://www.PatTillmanFoundation.org.
ASU Alumni Association’s Seattle Club will hold a no-host event at The Swiss Restaurant & Pub, 1904 Jefferson Ave. in Tacoma, after the race to celebrate Pat’s legacy in the community during his time serving in the Army at Joint Base Lewis McChord.
If you would like to sign up to volunteer at the race, or if your company would like to sponsor this community event, please contact Tara Boucher, Run Chair, at (805) 252-7120.