NEWBERG, Ore. - The Lewis & Clark baseball team could not hold onto its lead against the George Fox Bruins on Sunday afternoon, falling 8-7. The win secures the series sweep for the Bruins.
Lewis & Clark jumped out early with Bradley Lezak coming around to score on a Michael Kinkenon single to right field. Lezak reached base after leading off with a strikeout, but reaching first on a wild pitch.
George Fox took a 3-1 in the bottom of the fourth after the Pioneers walked in two runs and allowed the third to come in on a wild pitch. Lewis & Clark pulled within a run in the top of the sixth with a double down the left line by Andrew Traver. Traver's double allowed Kinkenon to come around after he led off the inning with a walk.
A huge eighth inning handed the lead back to the Pioneers, who plated five runs on six hits. Back-to-back doubles started off the inning for Lewis & Clark, with Traver coming into score the first run. A Corey Davis single allowed Eric Hyun to come in to give the Pios a 4-3 advantage. Lezak reached base later in the inning on another wild pitch strike out that allowed Jake Costantino to score. Senior Geoff Wertz picked up an RBI with a single up the middle, while Kinkenon knocked in the final run of the inning with an RBI single to center.
The Pioneer defense held the Bruins scoreless in the bottom half of the eighth to preserve a 7-3 advantage. Costantino came in to score in the top of the ninth on a Christian McDonald single to short.
Leading 8-3 heading into the bottom of the ninth, the Pioneers seemed poised to pull out their first win of the season. A series of pitching miscues in the ninth allowed the Bruins to place six runs in the ninth on just two hits.
Lewis & Clark returns to action on March 8 in Arizona.