A late-inning breakdown proved disastrous for Cal Lutheran in the first game of the NAIA Area 1 baseball playoffs Thursday.
Cal Lutheran was tied with Hawaii Pacific going into the eighth inning but surrendered three runs in the final two innings to drop a 5-2 decision at the University of Portland's Farley Field.
With the score tied, 2-2, and one out in the eighth, CLU starter Mike Clark hit two batters. Reliever Mike Rooney entered and gave up a run-scoring double and run-scoring single. Rooney gave up another RBI double in the ninth, but Clark (6-3) got the loss.
"Clark goes 0-2 on two guys trying to bunt, and he hits both of them, and that's the game," CLU Coach Rich Hill said.