PORTLAND, Ore. - The Lewis & Clark baseball team split with the Puget Sound Loggers on Saturday in Northwest Conference action. The Pioneers won the opening game of the three game series 2-1, before falling 15-4 in the night cap.
Freshman Aaron Landecker pitched a solid game for the Pioneers, sitting the Loggers down in order in the opening two frames.
Lewis & Clark pulled ahead 2-0 in the bottom of the first after putting together a string of four hits. Eric Hyun knocked in the first run with a single through the left side, sending Geoff Wertz in. Wertz led off the inning for the Pios with a double to left. Andrew Traver picked up Hyun two batters later with a single through the right side.
The lefty continued to roll through the fifth inning, not allowing Puget Sound a hit.
The Loggers picked up their first hit in the sixth, but were not able to making anything of it, before collecting a single hit in the seventh. Landecker rebounded in the eighth inning once again retiring the side. Kaulana Smith pulled the Loggers within a run of the Pioneers in the ninth inning with an RBI double down the left line. Ryan Strombom came in to replace Landecker moments later and picked up his third save of the season.
The second game started similarly to the first with the Pioneers tacking on two runs in the first inning. Hyun once again brought Wertz home, this time with a single. Michael Kinkenon picked up an RBI with a sacrifice fly to center that allowed Evan Gray to come home.
Puget Sound took a 3-2 lead in the top of the third with JB Eary earning the Loggers first RBI of the game. Eary came around to score later in the inning as did Nickolas Alarcio.
Traver brought home Hyun in the Pioneers half of the third to tie the game at 3-3.
A huge 10 run sixth inning by the Loggers put the game out of reach for the Pioneers. The top of the sixth saw UPS put together nine hits, while the Pioneers picked up two errors.
That would be as close as the Pioneers would get with the Loggers tacking on two more runs in the seventh and eighth.
The two sides return to action for the final game of the series at 12 p.m. on Sunday, April 14.