Appleton, Wis. – Making its first appearance in the College World Series in 18 years, the ABCA No. 15 Cal Lutheran baseball opened with a 4-2 victory over Wheaton (Mass.) at the 2017 NCAA Division III Baseball Championships.
Marshall Pautsch hurled a gem with 10 strikeouts over eight innings while scattering seven hits and allowing just two earned runs.
Max Weinstein and Trey Saito both went 2-for-4 with a run to pace the Kingsmen offense while Brad Fullerton drew two walks. Sinjin Todd, Cheynne Giles, Austin Kay and Weston Clark came through with the other hits for a CLU team that was outhit on the evening 9-8.
SCIAC Newcomer of the Year Miguel Salud earned his 12th save of the season shutting down the Lyons in the ninth.
Cal Lutheran (36-10) advances to the winner’s bracket in Pool B to face North Central (Ill.) (30-16) tomorrow night, May 27 at 5:45 PT. The No. 7 seeded Cardinals upset No. 2 UMass-Boston 5-2 behind a late rally to set up a date with the Kingsmen.