The No.15 Cal Lutheran baseball team opened NCAA regional play with a 6-3 win over Concordia Texas to set up a Friday contest against Centenary (La).
First team All-SCIAC pitcher Marshall Pautsch was tossed a gem for the Kingsmen, going eight innings while limiting Concordia to just five hits and three runs while striking out 10. Offensively, CLU jumped on Tornados starter Justin Traxler with two runs in the first inning and three more in the second to take an early 5-0 lead.
At the plate, Jimmy Jauregui went 3-for-3 with two RBIs to lead the way while the offense as a whole racked up 13 total hits. Weinstein, Todd and Gunter tallied two hits apiece while Clark, Giles, Saito and Kay added one each.
With a three run lead entering the ninth inning, closer and SCIAC Newcomer of the Year Miguel Salud entered the game looking for his ninth save of the season and got just that with a sensational triple play from shortstop Austin Kay. After the Tornados threatened with runners on first and second and nobody out, the third batter of the inning hit a line drive that Kay caught, proceeded to step on second and throw to first to give CLU its first regional victory since 2014.