Baseball Splits Twinbill with Whitworth
SPOKANE, Wash. - The Lewis & Clark baseball team plated 24 total runs on Saturday afternoon in its Northwest Conference double-header against Whitworth. The Pirates won game one of the three game series 15-12, but the Pioneers easily took game two 12-4.
It took the Pirates two innings to put the Pioneers in a 9-0 hole, making the game seem out of reach. Lewis & Clark finally got on the board in the fourth inning with two runs on three hits. Matthew Cathcart collected the teams first RBI of the contest with a single to short that scored Andrew Traver, who reached on a hit by pitch. Christian Macdonald followed Cathcart with an RBI single of his own that scored Corey Davis.
A sacrifice fly by Michael Kinkenon in the top of the fifth brought in Evan Gray, making it a 9-3 game in the Pirates favor. Whitworth quickly recaptured its large lead in the bottom of the fifth, plating six runs, three of which came on a homerun.
Gray earned two of the runs back in the sixth with a double to right field that allowed Cathcart and Geoff Wertz. Cathcart led off the sixth with a single to center, while Wertz reached base on a double down the left line.
The Pios shut down the Pirates in the bottom half of the sixth and quickly went back to work in the seventh, scoring five runs on six hits. Hayden Higger started the scoring with a solo homerun, making it a 15-6 game. With two runners in scoring position, Wertz singled to second, knocking in Cathcart and moving Macdonald to third. Gray quickly brought Macdonald home with a single to short. With two runners on base, the Pirates walked sophomore Eric Hyun, loading the bases for Kinkenon. Kinkenon made the most of his at bat, singling to left field, driving in Gray and Wertz.
The Pirates couldn't get their offense going in the seventh or eighth innings, giving the Pioneers one last chance down 15-10. Wertz, the Pioneers lone senior, got the top of the ninth going with a double to left field. Gray followed with a double, his to right field, bringing Wertz around. Hyun came around later in the inning to make it a 15-12 contest, but the Pioneers would not be able to score anymore.
With two outs and a runner at first Kinkenon doubled down the right field line to score Hyun for the Pioneers lone run in the first.
Whitworth responded in the bottom half of the inning with the tying run courtesy of a single up the middle by Pfeffer. Pfeffer earned another RBI in the bottom of the third, putting the Pirates ahead 2-1.
A sacrifice fly by Davis in the top of the fourth tied the contest at 2-2, with Kinkenon coming in to score on the play. Wertz doubled to left in the fifth to earn the lead back for the Pios, scoring Cathcart. Pfeffer made it a 3-3 game in the bottom half of the fifth, coming in to score on a sacrifice fly to right by Wakem.
The Pirates recaptured the lead in the sixth with a single running come in on two hits. Trailing 4-3 the Pioneers put together a strong seventh inning, scoring four runs on just two hits. With two outs and the bases loaded, a miscue by the Pirate defense allowed Traver to reach base after striking out courtesy of a wild pitch. The play gave room for Macdonald to score. Moments later Davis was walked with the bases juiced, making it a 5-4 game in the Pios favor. Higger brought in the final two runs of the inning with a single to center, scoring Traver and Hyun.
Lewis & Clark kept things rolling into the eighth inning with Gray earning an RBI with a double to right that brought in Macdonald. Kinkenon also doubled in the inning, scoring both Gray and Hyun. Leading 10-4 the Pioneers weren't done, scoring two more runs in the top of the ninth. With Cathcart on third and Macdonald on first, Wertz tripled to right, clearing the bases.
John Trupin earned the complete game win for the Pioneers, improving to 2-1 on the season and picking up his second complete game victory.