Roadrunners Sweep Lakers, Lock Up Playoffs Position

Brady Baltus helped pitch the Roadrunners into the playoffs May 6 with a compete game in an 11-1 win over Southwestern Oregon. Photo courtesy of LBCC Athletics.

ALBANY – Kaden Miller pitched his third consecutive shutout and Aidan Dougherty extended his hitting streak to 16 consecutive games as the Linn-Benton’s baseball team clinched a playoff spot by sweeping Southwestern Oregon Community College on Saturday, May 6. 

The Roadrunners ended the regular season with a record of 28-16 overall, and 23-13 in the NWAC South Region. The Lakers moved to 25-17 overall, and 18-14 in the NWAC South Region. 

Next up, the Roadrunners await the end of regular season play to determine their playoff opponent. As of right now the Roadrunners stand as the second seed in the South Region and would host a super regional playoff. 

In game one the Roadrunners offense sparked, taking down the Lakers 11-1. The Beaks got the party started early, loading the bases and bringing in 3 runs off a Trey Nelson sacrifice fly, and a 2-RBI single from Spencer Sullivan, his first RBI of the season. The Roadrunners ended the game early after a 2-RBI single by Daniel Pruitt, invoking the 10-run rule, capping off a 4-run seventh inning. 

Brady Baltus shined on the mound, going 7 innings, giving up 1 unearned run on 7 hits and 1 walk, while striking out 2. Baltus improved his record to 6-2 and finished the regular season with 3.18 ERA in 68 innings pitched. 

In game two the Roadrunners defeated the Lakers 2-0. Kaden Miller proved dominant once again, going 7 innings, allowing no runs on 1 hit, walking 3 while striking out 5. Miller improved his record to 5-3, and ended the regular season with a 2.96 ERA.