The mention of Cal Lutheran hardly strikes fear in the hearts of baseball pitchers in the Southland, but after the Kingsmen's first eight games, they had quietly put together a lofty .385 team batting average.
Four regulars were hitting at least .400, and the team was scoring more than 11 runs a game.
Southern California College, for one, wasn't all that impressed and handed Cal Lutheran a pair of losses--5-4 and 5-2--Saturday in an NAIA doubleheader in Costa Mesa.
The Kingsmen fell to 7-3 overall, 3-2 in the NAIA District 3. Southern California is 10-6, 3-0.
As if dropping a doubleheader wasn't bad enough, Cal Lutheran also lost one of its best pitchers. Gene McGary (2-0), a right-hander who started the first game, had to leave the mound with one out in the fourth, when he felt a pop in his pitching elbow.
McGary will be examined by the team physician on Monday.