California Lutheran stays alive with 4-3 win against Texas Lutheran
AUSTIN, Texas -- Jake Petersen drove in two runs and Kevin Leonard hit a sacrifice fly that plated the eventual game-winning run to lead second-seeded California Lutheran past Texas Lutheran by a 4-3 score in an NCAA West Regional elimination game at Tornado Field.
California Lutheran was able to manufacture two runs on one hit to take an early lead in the top of the second. Batting with two runners in scoring position, Jake Petersen blooped a single to left center that plated Ramsey Abushahla and Kevin Leonard. One frame later, Trevor Koons hit a solo shot over the fence in right to make it 3-0.
After the Kingsmen added a fourth run in the top of the fifth, Texas Lutheran was able to get on the scoreboard in the bottom half of the frame. Klaus Bohrmann broke up Tyler Hebda’s quest for a perfect game by rocketing a leadoff double to the power alley in right center and was thrown out at third on a fielder’s choice. Derek Kanas, who reached first on the previous play, then stole second and came home on a Ryan Hill single to right center. Hebda, however, got out of further trouble by fielding a grounder cleanly and throwing out Tony Gennusa at first.
Texas Lutheran continued to chip away at the deficit and was able to load the bases with one out in the bottom of the eighth on a single through the left side by Bohrmann. Kanas then followed with a two-run single, making it a 4-3 game at the time, and advanced to second on a fielding error in the outfield. But with two runners in scoring position, Ryan Hill popped out to first base and the comeback effort would come up short.
Hebda of California Lutheran picked up the victory and improved to 9-3 after yielding five hits and one run, which was earned, while registering two strikeouts and issuing one walk over 6.2 frames. Aaron Roth earned his 12th save of the year despite giving up four hits and two runs, which were both earned, in 2.1 innings of relief. Texas Lutheran’s Aaron Aleman suffered the loss and ended the spring with a 9-6 ledger. He surrendered three hits and three runs, which were all earned, in 2.2 innings of work.
California Lutheran stayed alive and will play Friday afternoon.