PORTLAND, Ore. - After 14 innings of play, the Lewis & Clark baseball team could not hang on, dropping a 5-2 decision to the George Fox Bruins on Sunday afternoon at the Huston Sports Complex in game three of the Northwest Conference Series. The Pioneers outhit the Bruins 13 hits to 8 but had 2 errors to George Fox’s 1.
Inning one passed quickly with two quick outs for the Bruins and a walked batter caught stealing. The Pioneers finished with three ground balls to conclude the first.
The Bruins scored their first two runs of the game starting with Trask, hit by a pitch and then advancing from a double to center by Winterstein and a grounder from Rapacz. Winterstien crossed over the plate with a single to left field by Anderson. Inning two was uneventful for L&C with three outs from Laurence, Smith and Bray.
Ball reached first on an error in the fourth by the Bruin shortstop and flew over the plate on a double from Baffaro. The Pioneers stepped it up again in the sixth with a run from Greene starting with a single down the left field line.
Innings seven through thirteen were scoreless with three hits from the Bruins and five from the Pioneers, respectively. Bray, Dane, Laurence, Baffaro, Smith and Ball all hit singles for L&C. George Fox players Trask, Anderson, and Winterstein also hit singles.
George Fox turned on the power in the fourteenth. Anderson lead with a double to left center and advanced to third on an error. The pioneers intentionally walked Burch pushing Knudson to second. With a single by Woo, Burch pushed on to third. Anderson ran to home and Knudson scored unearned. On a fielder’s choice Woo flew to second. A single to shortstop from Stahl moved Woo to third and a fly ball from Gantenbein gave Woo an unearned run. The Bruins finished the top with a fly ball from Aldrich.
With fans biting their nails in the stands in the bottom of the fourteenth the Pioneers took to the plate. Perez hit a quick single up the middle and Ball followed with one to the pitcher advancing Perez to second. Baffaro and Dane unfortunately struck out looking but Ball advanced to second on a balk and Perez moved to third. Laurence was the last batter for the Pios and grounded out to first.
Pioneer Jim Bray led his team defensively throwing to Tucker Laurence at first giving Laurence 14 putouts while Zach Perez led offensively with three solid hits. Michael Ball threw for 28 batters while Eliot Smith followed close behind for 23.
On Tuesday April 20, L&C will travel to Forest Grove, Ore. to take on the Pacific Boxers at 6:00pm.