SALEM, Ore. - The Lewis & Clark baseball team split its Northwest Conference double-header against the Willamette Bearcats on Saturday. The Bearcats won the opening game 7-0 before the Pioneers responded by winning game two 15-8.
In the opening game, the Pioneers could not get their offense going, only managing three hits throughout the course of the contest. Willamette captured an early 3-0 lead, before tacking on three more in the bottom of the fourth. The Bearcats capped off the scoring in the eighth inning.
Lewis & Clark got things going in the second inning with three runs coming in on just two hits. Geoff Wertz knocked in the first run with an RBI single to right field that brought Corey Davis around. Eric Hyun scored the next two Pioneer runs with a single to left that scored both Matthew Cathcart and Hayden Higger.
The Pioneers kept things rolling in the top of the third, tacking on two more runs. Davis reached on a fielder's choice that allowed Andrew Traver to score from third. Traver led off the inning with a double to center. Davis came around to score the final run of the inning on a Bearcat error.
Willamette matched the Pioneers in the bottom half of the inning, plating two runs of its own on a two RBI ground out.
Lewis & Clark responded in the top of the fourth with six runs on five hits and Bearcat error. The scoring started with a Davis single to short that brought in Evan Gray, who reached earlier in the inning on a throwing error. Higger hammered the ball over the fence in left field for the next to Pio runs.
Hyun picked up another single, bringing in Cathcart. With the bases loaded the Bearcat pitcher hit Traver, allowing Wertz to leisurely come home.
Trailing 11-2, the Bearcats scored two more in the bottom of the fourth one a two-run homerun by the right fielder.
The Pios kept things going into the fifth with a single run coming in to score on a sac fly by Bradley Lezak.
Lezak earned another RBI in the seventh inning with a single to right field, putting L&C ahead 13-4.
A homerun started the bottom of the seventh for Willamette, making it a 13-5 game. The Bearcats plated another run moments later on an RBI single to left.
Lewis & Clark ended its scoring in the ninth with two more runs, starting with an RBI single to left by Higger. Hyun flew out to right later in the inning to score Higger.
The Bearcats scored two runs of their own in the bottom half of the inning but it was not enough to push past the Pioneers.
The two sides finish the three game series on Sunday with a the first pitch set for 12 p.m.