Shelhamer's late home run powers Loggers to 4-2 win over Lutes

Shelhamer's late home run powers Loggers to 4-2 win over Lutes

TACOMA, WashingtonMatt Shelhamer delivered a two-run home run in the bottom of the eighth inning to give the Puget Sound baseball team a 4-2 non-conference win over Pacific Lutheran on Logger Field Monday afternoon.

The game started at Cheney Stadium on April 4, but was suspended with the score tied, 2-2, in the middle of the fifth inning. Puget Sound (12-23) got on the board when Alex Wojtysiak and Ryan Darrow both hit solo home runs at the home of the Tacoma Rainiers (the Seattle Mariners' triple-A affiliate).

Twenty days later, Merle Rowan-Kennedy took the mound and shut down the Lutes (22-13). The junior allowed just two hits through 3.2 scoreless innings and added four strikeouts to record his fourth win of the season. Eric Crispell struck out the only batter he faced for his third save of the year.

Wojtysiak led off the eighth inning by reaching base on an error when he hit a grounder to third base, but the throw across the diamond pulled the first baseman off the bag. Shelhamer promptly followed by launching his second home run of the season over the left-field fence.

The Loggers close out the 2017 season during senior weekend, with a three-game non-conference home series against Whitworth, starting April 29, at 12 p.m.