TACOMA, Wash. - The Lewis & Clark baseball team dropped game one of its three game series against Pacific Lutheran on Saturday afternoon in Northwest Conference action. The Lutes jumped out to an early lead and cruised to a 14-1 win.
The Pioneers were led offensively by sophomore Eric Hyun who ended the contest 3-for-4 from the plate, while scoring the teams only run.
The Lutes went ahead 5-0 after three inning, before making it an 8-0 game with three runs in the sixth. It wasn't until the seventh inning that the Lutes took advantage of some Pioneer mishaps to plate five runs. PLU tallied one more run in the eighth to end its scoring.
Hyun did not come around to score until the ninth inning with the Pios already trailing 14-0. Hyun led off the inning with a single through the right side, before advancing to second on a walk granted to Michael Kinkenon. The Lutes walked Andrew Traver to load the bases, allowing for an RBI situation for Liam Healy who singled to right center. With one out and the bases still loaded a double-play ended the Pios hopes at a late game rally.
The Lutes took an early 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second, but the Pioneers responded in the third with two runs to take the lead. With two outs and a runner at third, senior Geoff Wertz singled to center, knocking in Matthew Cathcart for the first Pio run of the inning. Hyun brought in Wertz later in the inning with a single up the middle.
The Pioneers added to their lead in the sixth inning with Kinkenon stealing home. Kinkenon led off the inning with a double to left center before moving to third on a wild pitch. Lewis & Clark took a 5-1 lead in the eighth with two more runs coming in. Kinkenon earned the first RBI of the inning with another double, this time to right center. Evan Gray brought Kinkenon in later in the inning with a single up the middle.
With three outs remaining in the game, the Lutes got to work, finding a way to finally put more runs on the board. With two runners on base a single to left center made it a 5-2 game bringing an end to John Trupin's time on the mound. Trupin exited the game having pitched 8.1 innings, striking out four.
With the bases loaded and Ryan Strombom on the mound, a double down the left line brought in three runs by the Lutes, tying the contest at 5-5. PLU scored the game winning run moments later with a single to left center.
The teams return to action on Sunday, April 21 at 12 p.m. for the final game of the contest.