SPOKANE, Wash. - The Lewis & Clark baseball team opened the "Swing into Spring Classic" on Friday with a contest against Corban and Whitworth. The Pioneers battled but fell to the Warriors 13-7 and the Pirates 12-5.
Freshman Matthew Carthcart led the Pioneers against Corban, finishing the night 3-for-5 from the plate, scoring once and knocking in three runs. Michael Kinkenon was 1-for-3 from the plate, while being walked twice and scoring once.
The Pioneers showed up in the bottom half of the first inning, scoring five runs on just three hits while leaving two on base. Bradley Lezak led off the game with a single up the middle, before coming around to score the first run of the game with a Kinkenon ground out.
Cathcart brought in the next two runs with a single through the left side, knocking in Andrew Traver and Eric Hyun. The Pioneers kept things going with a single to the third baseman by Christian Macdonald that brought in Cathcart and Corey Davis.
The Warriors pulled one run closer in the second inning with a double to right center the second baseman that sent one across the place.
The Pioneers maintained a 5-1 advantage until the top of the fifth when the Warriors managed to plate six runs. Corban piled on three more runs in the seventh inning to take a 10-5 advantage.
Lewis & Clark pulled a run closer in the bottom of the seventh on a Cathcart double to right center that brought Kinkenon across the plate. The Pios scored another in the bottom of the eighth after Macdonald scored on a pass ball.
Corban ended the Pioneer comeback in the top of the ninth with three more runs on three hits.
Against Whitworth, the Pioneers jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the top of the first inning. The Pios received some help from the Pirates, who committed two errors, resulting in all three unearned runs. An error by the shortstop allowed Lezak to score the first run of the inning, after the freshman reached on a leadoff single to right center. Geoff Wertz scored moments later after a Kinkenon single made its way through the right side. The final run of the inning came in courtesy of a Cathcart single to third.
The Pirates answered with a pair of runs in the bottom half of the inning. Whitworth tied the game in the bottom of the second inning with a sacrifice fly.
Whitworth added three more runs in the third, putting the Pioneers in a 6-3 hole. The Pirates opened up the game in the next two innings, running up a 12-3 advantage.
The Pioneers managed to pull two runs closer in the top of the eighth with a Lezak single that brought in Hayden Higger and Cathcart.
Lewis & Clark returns to the field on Saturday, Feb. 16 against Puget Sound at the Swing into Spring Classic.