March 23, 2014

Baseball Unable to Capture a Win Against Willamette

By: Amanda Dow-Allen
Sports Information Assistant

PORTLAND, Ore- The Lewis & Clark Baseball team lost the last of the three game series against Willamette in Northwest Conference action 18-3 at the Huston Sports Complex this afternoon. The Pioneers move to 5-11-1 overall with a 2-7 conference record, while the Bearcats move to 13-9 overall with a 7-4 conference record.

Alex Heimbrodt (1-1) takes the loss for the Pioneers on the mound pitching four and one third innings, giving up twelve runs off ten hits, while walking five and striking out five. Severiano Villarruel, EJ Hand, Keean Kondo, Dylan Camel and Blake Howell also saw time on the mound for the Pioneers.

Peter Hoffman (2-2) takes the win for the Bearcats pitching seven innings, giving up three runs on eight hits, while walking one and striking out five. Gordie Clary and Garrett Davis each pitched one hitless inning for the Bearcats.

Willamette scored right off the bat in the first inning when Tommy Kawamura doubled to left field and advanced to third on a ground out. Ty Wyatt then singled to center scoring Kawamura for the Bearcats first run of the game. Scoring two more in the top of the second off three hits, the Bearcats went up 3-0.

Hayden Higger led off the bottom of the second with a single and advanced on an error to third. Andrew Traver tacked on an RBI scoring Higger on a ground out to third for the Pioneers first run.

In a busy top of the third, the Bearcats scored four runs on four hits and used one error to their advantage. In the bottom of the third, Bradley Lezak led off with a double and advanced to third on a sac bunt by Matthew Cathcart. Michael Kinkenon stepped to the plate and drove a single up the middle scoring Lezak from third to tally the score 7-2. One more run came in the fourth for the Pioneers when Jacob Burton singled to left field, advanced to second on a ground out, and scored on a Lezak single to right field.

The Pioneers couldn't produce any more runs, while the Bearcats scored six runs in the fifth, three in the sixth, and two in the seventh finishing the game with eighteen runs and twenty hits.

Lezak and Higger, who each finished with two hits, led Lewis & Clark while Kinkenon, Corey Davis, Tommy Massari, and Burton each finished with one, respectively.

The Pioneers put conference play on hold as they head to Arizona to play Oberlin Tuesday March 25 in a double header that begins at 10 a.m.

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