SPOKANE, Wash. - The Lewis & Clark baseball team took down the Whitworth Pirates 4-2 on Sunday to earn its second straight Northwest Conference series victory.
The Pioneers plated all four of their runs in the sixth inning, earning their second straight win over the Pirates. The win improves the Pios to 8-22 overall and 5-10 in the Northwest Conference. The Pirates are now tied with the Pioneers in the NWC (5-10) while falling to 10-17 on the season.
Ryan Strombom earned his first complete game win of the season, allowing the Pirates just seven hits on the day.
Whitworth took a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the third with some help from the Pioneers. The Pirates plated their first run on a wild pitch. Tyler Pfeffer ended the scoring moments later on a double to left center.
Strombom settled down after the third, allowing the Pirates just three more hits the rest of the way. The offense helped out their pitcher in the sixth, returning to the field with two outs and the bases loaded after a brief rain delay. Hayden Higger cleared the bases with a fly ball to right that was muffed by the fielder, sending Corey Davis, Andrew Traver and Eric Hyun home. With Higger on second, Matthew Cathcart singled to left, bringing around the Pios first baseman for the final run of the inning.
Leading 4-2, Strombom went back to work, getting himself out of a jam in bottom of the sixth and seventh, before retiring the side in order in both the eighth and ninth.