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Loras College swept the four-game series defeating Luther 3-2 and 14-11 in Dubuque this afternoon. The two losses drops Luther's Iowa Conference record to 3-7. Loras moved into a tie for first place with Wartburg with a mark of 7-3.
In game one, the Norse scored two runs on eight hits. Andy Briggs, who was 3-for-4, scored both of Luther's runs. After leading off with a single in the third, three batters later, Briggs touched home plate when Brian Paulsrud reached on an error by the Duhawks third baseman.
In the fifth, Briggs started the frame with a double down the left field line. He advanced to third on a fly out to center field by Eric Pittman and a sacrifice fly to right field by Czenvic Rojer.
The Duhawks scored one in the second and two in the fourth en route to the victory. Alec Knop was credited with his first loss of the season despite having another solid outing on the mound. Knop threw his third complete game, spreading seven hits, walking two and striking out seven.
Zach Lashbrook was also 5-for-6 with an RBI.
Briggs (2-4), Aldon Severson (2-3) and David Lowe (3-4) also had multiple hit efforts.
The Norse return to action on Tuesday afternoon when they will host the Knights of Wartburg College for a twin bill that will begin at 1:00 p.m.
Questions? Contact David Blanchard, post_to_results, 563-387-1586