Baseball Drops Two Tough Games to Willamette

Baseball Drops Two Tough Games to Willamette

By: Amanda Dow-Allen
Sports Information Assistant



WILSONVILLE, Ore. - The Lewis & Clark Pioneers baseball team lost two tough games today to the Willamette Bearcats 5-4 and 7-2 at Wilsonville High School.  

GAME ONE:  The Pioneers struck first, scoring their first run in the top of the second. Michael Kinkenon reached first on a hit by pitch and then reached second on an error by Willamette pitcher Peter Hoffman because of a fielder's choice by Andrew Traver.  The error moved Kinkenon to third, who then scored off a fielders choice by Nick Lockwood.

It was quiet until the fifth inning when Lewis & Clark struck again. Tommy Massari led the charge with a single to second base, before advancing to second on a sac bunt by Jacob Burton.  Ben Beck singled to center field driving Massari in. Beck advanced to third on a Bradley Lezak single, Lezak advanced to second on the throw to third. Eric Hyun stepped to the plate and hit a sac fly to right field to score Beck. Kinkenon jumped on the RBI train hitting a double to left center scoring Lezak to make it 4-0.

Willamette scored their first run in the bottom of the seventh when Andrew Wilson reached on an error and then advanced to second on a hit by Bryan Afzall. Wilson advanced to third  when Shea Harrison was hit by a pitch, loading the bases. Tommy Kawamura walked, when starting pitcher Ryan Strombom was relieved by pitcher John Trupin, to score the Bearcats first run.

The Pioneers let the lead slip away in the bottom of the ninth, allowing Willamette to score four earned runs to take the game 5-4.

The Pios were led by Kinkenon and Lezack who both finished the game with two hits.  The Bearcats were led by Afzali who finished the game with two hits and Kawamura finished with two RBI's.

Strombom pitched well for the Pioneers completing 6.2 innings, giving up three hits, and one run, with four walks and five strikeouts. Trupin takes the loss giving up four hits, and four runs, with one walk, and one strikeout.

GAME TWO: In game two, the Pioneers didn't waste any time and scored their first run in the first inning when Beck reached first on a hit to the pitcher, stole second and then scored on a hit to left center by Lezak. Hyun reached on a fielders choice and then Kinkenon ended the inning lining out to second base to create a 4-3 double play.

The Pioneers scored again in the top of the second when Traver tripled to the left side of the field and then was hit in by Lockwood when he grounded out to the shortstop.

The Bearcats scored their first run in the bottom of the fifth when Gordie Clary singled to right field, and advanced to second on an error. Wilson then hit Clary in with a double to left center.

The Pioneers watched things slip away as the Bearcats scored four more runs in the sixth and two more in the seventh as they were unable to score any more runs themselves.  

Lewis & Clark was led by Beck who finished with two hits, and pitcher Aaron Landecker takes the loss giving up five hits, five runs, while walking three and striking out three. Willamette was led by Hunter Gallant and Brad Breier, who both finished with two hits.

The Pioneers are back in action Friday, Feb. 21 against Schreiner when they head down to Texas.