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LUBBOCK, Texas (April 25, 2014) – Jesse Pintado and Hunter McFall each combined for five hits on the afternoon, with McFall also contributing six runs-batted-in, and No.8 Lubbock Christian University combined for 32 hits on the day to sweep Southern Nazarene University 16-3 and 12-2 in a non-conference doubleheader Friday afternoon at Hays Field.
LCU exploded for a 10-run second inning in the opener to help them prevail. They headed into the bottom half of the second inning trailing 2-0 after a lead-off triple by Michael Lowe in the top half of the inning sparked the early lead for SNU. LCU responded with the first 11 batters reaching base safely (nine off base hits). Joel Lutz led off the inning with a solo home run over the left field fence for his team-leading 14th of the season. He would later clear the bases with a three-run double in his second at-bat in the inning. Wade Stramp and Brett Kauten would each grab two RBI in the inning and five different players had at least one RBI in the inning. Fourteen batters went to the plate in the inning. SNU starting pitcher Tyler Wilson was unable to record an out in the inning before he was eventually pulled. He allowed nine runs off eight hits and faced 12 batters (pitched one inning). He fell to 2-7 in the loss.
The Chaps had a run in the third and fourth inning and tallied a four-run fifth inning. Brandon Wilson completed a three-RBI game with a two-run home run over the left field fence for his eighth of the season. Three batters later, McFall hit an inside-the-park home run that extended the lead to 16-3 and closed the game's scoring. The inside-the-park homer was the first by a Chap since Brennyn Smith on Apr. 6, 2012.
Kauten matched a program single-game record with a pair of triples, marking the 16th time it has been done and first since Ryan Burnaman completed the task on May 4, 2011 against Mid-America Christian. LCU produced 17 hits in the opener, with seven resulting in extra-bases. Lutz (3-for-3) and Pintado (3-for-4) each led LCU with a trio of hits and were two of seven players with multi-hit performances. Lutz finished the game with four runs-batted-in and Wilson and Stramp each had three. Brig Gerlich took the win for LCU and improved to 10-0 on the season. He allowed two runs off six hits in five innings and struck out six batters.
Like the opening game, SNU would take the first lead of the game in the nightcap. Chance San Miguel, who went 2-for-3 with a pair of doubles, would plate a run off a double in the first inning for a 1-0 SNU lead. In the bottom half, LCU gained the lead with three-consecutive two-out base hits. McFall scored two runs with a bases loaded single, Stephen Withrow followed with a two-run double and Bret Wilhelm completed a five-run first inning with a double. LCU extended the 5-1 lead to 9-1 with four more runs in the second inning. Lutz followed lead-off singles by Pintado and Wilson with a double to score the first run of the inning. McFall and Withrow would each drive in a run during the inning with singles before Wilhelm produced a sacrifice fly RBI. Each team would add a run in the fourth inning and LCU extended the lead to 10 runs in the bottom of the sixth inning with a solo home run by Wigberto Nevarez (10th of the season) and a two-out single by Kauten to score Wilhelm, who had reached on a triple.
The Chaps produced 15 hits in the second game, with McFall leading the pack of five multi-hit producers with a 3-for-4 performance and a career high four RBI. Withrow also had a career high with three RBI. LCU was 3-for-3 as a team in bases loaded situations and 5-for-6 in getting the lead-off batter aboard. McFall was 2-for-2 in bases loaded situations and is 5-for-6 on the season in the situation. Nevarez matched a career high with a team season high four runs. Tim Carlson improved to 7-1 on the mound for LCU with two runs allowed off six hits. Thomas Solowynsky allowed 10 runs (nine earned) off 12 hits in five innings to fall to 1-6 for SNU.
LCU improved to 35-10 on the season with the win. They also have a streak of 18 consecutive games in which they have scored at least five runs. SNU dropped to 16-31 on the season. As part of their throwback weekend and Flock to the Field event, LCU wore jerseys worn from the 1999-2004 seasons. The Chaps and Crimson Storm close out their three-game series Saturday at 1 p.m. at Hays Field.