February 22, 2014

Baseball Picks up Two Wins in Texas

By: Amanda Dow-Allen
Sports Information Assistant

KERRVILLE, Texas- The Lewis & Clark baseball team used twenty-four hits and strong pitching performances by Alex Heimbrodt and John Trupin, to pick up two wins today against Schreiner and Pacific in non-conference games in Texas.

Game one (Schreiner):

The Pioneers scored right off the bat in the first inning with three singles by Ben Beck, Bradley Lezak, and Eric Hyun to load the bases. Michael Kinkenon hit into a fielders choice to get the runner Beck out at home for the first out of the inning. Andrew Traver stepped to the plate and reached first on a shortstop error that scored Hyun and Lezak. Kinkenon scored on a Nick Lockwood fielders choice to make it 3-0 in the first inning.

The game was quiet until the top of the fifth when the Pioneers struck again scoring another run when Kinkenon singled and was hit in by a Matthew Cathcart double. Two walks to start off the sixth inning by Beck and Lezak, helped produce another run when Kinkenon hit a sacrifice fly to right field.

The Mountaineers produced their only two runs in the bottom of the sixth inning using two hits and one error to their advantage. The Pioneers scored yet one more time in the eighth inning that started with singles by Beck, and Lezak. On a Kinkenon single, Lezak scored to make it 6-2.

Beck, Lezak, Hyun, and Kinkenon all finished with two hits each, while Kinkenon also had two RBI's.
 
Alex Heimbrodt (1-0) takes the win for the Pioneers pitching a commanding nine innings, only giving up four hits and two runs, while walking six and striking out two. Dj Roque (0-1) takes the loss for the Mountaineers.
 

Game two (Pacific):

In game two, the action started in the third inning when the Pioneers scored their first run of the game as the bases were loaded when Kinkenon reached on a fielders choice, Traver hit a single and Lockwood reached on an error.  A disciplined Cathcart took a walk to score Kinkenon from third.

The Boxers fought back and scored four runs in the top of the fourth using five hits and one error by the Pioneers.  Jacob Burton help tally one more run on the board for the Pioneers when he led off the bottom of the fourth with a single, advanced to second on a wild pitch and scored off a Beck double to make the score 4-2.

Pacific's lead was short lived as the Pioneers took charge and scored three more runs in the top of the fifth. Singles by Kinkenon, Lockwood, Tommy Massari, Burton, and Beck with RBI's chalked up to Burton and Beck helped put the Pioneers back on top 5-4.

The Pioneers had another strong inning in the seventh scoring three more runs off three hits. Cathcart singled and advanced to third on a Massari double. Burton and Beck both reached on a fielder's choice that scored Cathcart and Massari.  Lezak kept the momentum going singling to load the bases. One more run came when Hyun hit a sacrifice fly to right field to score Burton from third.

Only allowing one more run to the Boxers in the top of the eighth, the Pioneers take the win 8-5 off thirteen hits. Beck, Lezak, Massari and Burton finished with two hits each.

John Trupin (0-0) takes the win for the Pioneers pitching seven innings giving up nine hits, and four runs while striking out eight. Jimmy Brakebush (0-0) takes his first loss of the season for Pacific. 

The Lewis & Clark baseball team is back in action Saturday March 1 at Huston Stadium against George Fox starting at 11 a.m for Northwest Conference play. 

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