Assistant Baseball Coach
TUCSON, Ariz. – The Lewis & Clark baseball team played four games this week against teams from all over the country at Kino Sports Complex in Tucson, Arizona. On Tuesday the Pioneers squared off in a doubleheader against Middlebury College and Williams College in two, nine inning games. On Thursday, the Pios had a doubleheader against St. Johns University (Minn.) in two seven inning games.
Game One – Middlebury College came out swinging putting up 19 hits against the Pioneers. The Pioneers racked up 10 hits of their own but could not pace the Panthers in runs, losing 13-6. Eric Hyun went two for three with two RBIs and Hayden Higger went two for four with three RBIs in the game for Lewis & Clark.
Game Two – The Pioneers went up against a strong Williams College team who had received votes in the top 25 polls earlier this season. Freshman, John Trupin started his first college game on the mound for the Pios, giving up five earned runs on nine hits while striking out five batters in eight and two thirds innings. Lewis & Clark entered the bottom of the ninth with a two run lead but could not hold on losing 7-6 on a walk off single.
Game Three – On their final day in Tucson, the Pios played the St. Johns University Johnnies who made the regional playoffs last season and were the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference champions. The Johnnies jumped on the sticks in the first game, putting up a 10 spot in the run column as the Pioneers struggled to find ways to produce runs. The Johnnies scored their 10 runs on nine hits while the Pios managed to produce only two runs on four hits in the 10-2 Pioneer loss. Corey Davis was a bright spot in the Lewis & Clark lineup as he had two of the four Pioneer hits, including a double and an RBI.
Game Four – The second game on Thursday would be a different story for the Pioneers as Kyle Tibbett pitched six solid innings for the Pios. Tibbett kept Lewis & Clark in the game by allowing seven hits and just two earned runs. St. Johns looked to try and spoil a Pioneer victory however, evening the score at 5-5 in the top of the fifth inning. It took until the bottom of the sixth inning for the Pios to respond. Bradley Lezak came up with a clutch single which drove in two runs and later scored on a wild pitch making it an 8-5 game in favor of Lewis & Clark. The game would end up an 8-5 victory for the Pios as Ryan Strombom came in to close the game in the seventh inning, recording his first career save.