Cal Lutheran Still Feeling 'Immortal' : College baseball: Despite season-low run total, unbeaten Kingsmen defeat Biola, 6-3.


Although the output could hardly be called anemic, Cal Lutheran's scoring total in a 6-3 nonconference baseball victory over visiting Biola on Friday marked a season low.

The Kingsmen (17-0), ranked third in NCAA Division III, have outscored their opponents, 191-30, winning by an average of 9.5 runs. Cal Lutheran's previous scoring low came in a 7-4 win over Albertson College of Idaho on Feb. 17.

"We have that immortal feeling and that's not very good," Cal Lutheran Coach Rich Hill said.

Biola starter Kevin Kepner kept the Eagles close until the sixth inning when Cal Lutheran scored three runs to take a 5-2 lead.

Darrell McMillin began the inning with his 11th home run. After Jim Fifer grounded out, Bob Farber and Mike Suarez hit consecutive doubles to make the score 4-2. With two out, Eddie Lample singled down the third-base line, and Suarez took third. Catcher Steve Spiegel made an errant throw attempting to pick off Lample, and Suarez scored.

"I think it took us about five innings to get us back in our game mode," Hill said. The Kingsmen had not played since sweeping Caltech, 10-1 and 19-0, March 7.

Biola closed the gap to 5-3 in the eighth when Greg Lewis scored on an error by first baseman Jay Lucas.

Farber, a senior right fielder from Thousand Oaks High, got the run back with a solo home run in the eighth inning and Cal Lutheran reliever Louis Birdt closed the door on Biola (5-9).

Birdt entered the game with one out and one on in the eighth inning and retired all five batters he faced to record his first save. Thirteen of his 14 pitches were strikes.

Dan Smith homered for Cal Lutheran in the second inning when the runs were not coming with their usual frequency.

"I think it's a credit to Biola," Hill said. "They are kind of an emotional team and they are real scrappy and they do not quit."

Cal Lutheran starter Pat Norville allowed seven hits and three runs (one earned), walked one and struck out five. Norville (5-0) has a 1.23 earned-run average in 36 2/3 innings pitched.

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