WILSONVILLE, Ore. - The Lewis & Clark baseball team fell 7-6 to Willamette on Sunday afternoon at Wilsonville High School. The win gave the Bearcats the three game non-conference sweep over the Pioneers.
The loss drops the Pioneers to 0-5 on the season, while the Bearcats improve to 7-0 overall.
Tommy Massari ended the day 3-of-4 from the plate, while Andrew Traver finished 2-of-2 with two RBI. Senior Michael Kinkenon was walked twice during the game, but managed to pick up an RBI while scoring one of the Pios runs.
Gordie Clary, who picked up the win for the Bearcats, started his day at left field, finishing 2-of-4 from the plate.
Both teams went three up and three down in the first inning, but began getting base runners in the second. Kinkenon led off the top of the second for the Pioneers with the first of his two walks, before being gunned down at home later in the inning. Massari earned the teams only hit in the inning, but the Pioneers would not be able to find a way to put a run on the board, stranding two base runners.
Willamette on the other hand capitalized on three hits and an error in the bottom half of the inning. The two Bearcat runs came across on an Aaron Fong single through the left side that allowed Tiras Koon and Clary to come in.
The Pioneers earned a run back in the top of the fourth with Sean Shepherd coming in to score. The Pio freshman led off the inning with a double to right center and advanced to third on a Kinkenon ground out. A sacrifice fly to right field by Traver brought Shepherd around to make it a 2-1 contest.
Clary followed Shepherd's lead to start the bottom half of the inning, reaching base on a double to left. The senior came around to score moments later on a Pioneer error that allowd Brad Breier to reach base.
With two outs in the top of the fifth, Bradley Lezak singled to deep short. The junior shortstop moved to second moments later after the Bearcats attempted to pick him off at first and threw the ball away. Freshman Connor Eggleston knocked Lezak in with the next at bat with a single up the middle.
The Bearcats extended their lead to 5-2 in the bottom of the sixth, with two runs coming around to score on just one hit.
A three run eighth inning tied the game at five all with Traver and Josh Kirch bringing in the runs. Traver started the scoring with an RBI double to center field that brought Kinkenon in from third. Kirch, who came in to hit for Conner Sick, proceeded to single to center allowing Traver and Massari to come home.
Lewis & Clark took its first and only lead of the game in the ninth inning with Lezak starting things off with a walk. Eggleston moved Lezak to second with a sacrifice bunt before the Bearcats intentionally walked Shepherd. With runners at first and second, Kinkenon singled to left brining in a speedy Lezak.
With two outs and a runner at second, the Bearcats found a way to tie the game in the bottom of the ninth with a single to center by Breier that scored Hunter Gallant. With the very next at bat and a runner at first and second Camerson Igarashi singled to left, ending the game in the Bearcats favor 7-6.
The Pioneers return to the field on Saturday, Feb. 21 with Northwest Conference double-header against Puget Sound at the Huston Sports Complex.