Matthew Lemon hit .429 with a home run, a triple, two RBIs, and three runs scored in a doubleheader sweep of Pacific Lutheran to earn SCAC Offensive Player of the Week honors.
(Seguin) – The Texas Lutheran Bulldogs opened their 2018 baseball campaign with 5-0 and 13-12 wins over Pacific Lutheran University Sunday afternoon.
The Bulldogs advanced to 2-0 overall and the Lutes dropped to 1-3 overall.
At TLU's Katt-Isbel Field, senior Dylan Drgac and Ethan Mueller picked up pitching wins, and Nathan Malinovsky saved game one with two innings of relief. Malinosky struck out two.
Senior Matthew Lemon and redshirt-sophomore Spencer Brandt (Yoakum/Yoakum) each hit solo home runs in the opener.
Designated hitter Taylor Sammons singled to center field, bringing home Lemon and Thomas Varner for the Bulldogs. Eric Rabinowitz brought in the last run of the game with a shot down the left field line.
In game two, RBIs from Cameron Wilson, Ben Marvin and Riley Schaefer (Thorndale/Thorndale) in the fourth, and a Rabinowitz two-run shot allowed the Bulldogs to erase a 6-0 deficit, trailing only 6-5 going into the sixth inning.
Lemon singled to right field for an RBI, and Trey Albaugh brought in two more runs with another shot to right field. TLU led 9-6 in the bottom of the sixth.
The Lutes tied up the game in the eighth inning as Cole Johnson doubled with a shot to right field, notching a pair of RBI. Tori Doten and Jacob Bockelie scored unearned runs in the ninth and gave PLU a 12-10 lead.
A sacrifice bunt by sophomore Austin Colon resulted in a throwing error, allowing the Bulldogs to bring in two runs. Colon scored the winning run for TLU with a shot to left center from Schaefer.
The Bulldogs collected 12 hits in game two and five hits in game one.
Lemon received 2018’s first Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Week honor after hitting .429 with the home run, two RBIs, and three runs scored on the day.
TLU is off to Grand Prairie this week for the Rusty Greer/Jackie Moore Classic. The Bulldogs' first game is Friday against Willamette University at 2:30 p.m. in Airhogs Stadium, followed by Saturday games against Hendrix at 11 a.m. and Le Tourneau at 2:30 p.m.