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Lutheran West 7, Columbia 0
By Mark Fenske  | staff
Monday, April 25, 2016   |  box score

COLUMBIA --  Lutheran West picked up a huge win on Monday behind sensational pitching from senior Tommy Walker (W, 2-0), who threw his second straight shutout as the Longhorns smoked the host Columbia Raiders 7-0 in a PAC-12 Stripes Division showdown.  West entered the game with a half-game lead over the Raiders and a full game lead on Clearview, although all three games were tied in the loss column.  The Longhorns split the season series with Clearview, but Clearview previously swept Columbia. 

Walker dominated Columbia’s lineup from beginning to end.  Only once in the entire game—the third inning—did the Raiders get more than one man on base in the same inning.  No player in the Raider lineup reached base twice throughout the game.  Walker struck out 10, while only walking two and giving up three hits. 

Offensively, the tone was set on the first pitch.  Columbia starting pitcher, Cody Reichard, who had thrown a no-hitter against Wellington the last time that he pitched, was greeted with a line drive smash from junior Josh Cales right back to him on the first pitch of the game.  While Reichard managed to get his glove up in just enough time to save himself from getting drilled, the take-away was clear:  the Longhorns had brought their bats with them.  It would be the only time in the game that Cales was retired, as he finished the day with three hits, a double, two RBIs, and a run scored.

The Longhorns took advantage of a couple of Raider miscues to blow the game open with five runs in the fourth.  After sophomore clean-up hitter Matt Brosky walked to start the fourth and junior Scottie Berghaus reached on an error, Brosky scored on a sacrifice fly to extremely deep center field from junior Alex Robinson.  Junior Evan McCartney reached on an error on the second baseman, and the Longhorns were off to the races.  West plated the second run on the inning on an RBI single by sophomore Jeremy Geye.  Then McCartney and Geye both scored on Cales’ second hit of the game.  Cales came around and scored on a base hit by sophomore Owen Albers

West continued hitting the ball in the fifth—Brosky and Berghaus had hits—the sixth—sophomore Alex Gavlak singled, went to third on Cales’ third hit of the day and scored on a sacrifice fly from Albers—and the seventh—senior Tim Gettinger’s single knocked in freshman John Smolik

The Longhorns look to sweep the season series and put themselves in the driver’s seat in the conference race when they host Columbia tonight.  First pitch is scheduled for 5pm.
Wed 3/30/16
L, 8-7
Fri 4/1/16
W, 10-9
Tue 4/5/16
W, 9-1
Wed 4/6/16
W, 7-2
Tue 4/12/16
L, 8-5
Wed 4/13/16
W, 10-3
Thu 4/14/16
W, 5-3
Fri 4/15/16
W, 5-2
Mon 4/18/16
W, 2-0
Tue 4/19/16
W, 12-2
Thu 4/21/16
W, 8-1
Fri 4/22/16
L, 10-3
Sat 4/23/16
L, 1-0
Mon 4/25/16
W, 7-0
Tue 4/26/16
W, 8-6
Wed 4/27/16
W, 4-0
Mon 5/2/16
W, 5-1
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