NEWBERG, Ore. - Four George Fox runs in the second inning proved to be the difference maker as Lewis & Clark fell to the Bruins 9-6 in a non-conference contest on Tuesday afternoon.
After sitting the Bruins down in order in the first inning, the Pioneers were not so lucky in the second. The Bruins managed to send four runners across the plate on just two hits and a Pio error. George Fox tacked on another run in the bottom of the fourth to take a 5-0 advantage.
Lewis & Clark was able to respond in the fifth inning with three runs on two hits. The scoring started with a Bradley Lezak single up the middle that scored Christian Macdonald. Macdonald led off the inning with a walk before moving to second on a Ben Beck ground out. Nick Lockwood, who reached on a walk before the Lezak single, came in to score with the Pio second baseman moments later. A single down the left field line by Michael Kinkenon knocked in the two runs.
Already leading 5-3, the Bruins brought in two more runs in the bottom half of the fifth. The runs were scored on an unfortunate error in the outfield that allowed Jake Thran and Zach Rapacz to score with two outs.
Lockwood helped the Pioneers earn a run back in the sixth with a double down the right field line that scored Beck, making it a 7-4 contest.
George Fox would plate its final two runs in the seventh, starting with a sac fly by Thran that knocked in Clay Mott. Andrew Reichenbach would bring in the final Bruin run with a single through the right side.
The Pioneers did their best to work their way back into the contest in the final two innings, but only managed to plate two more runs. Freshman Connor Eggleston brought in both runs in the ninth with a single down the right line that scored Kinkenon and Hayden Higger. Higger led off the inning with a walk, while Kinkenon put himself on with a double to left field.
Kinkenon led the way for the Pioneers offensively, finishing 4-for-4 from the plate, while walking once and driving in two runs. Beck ended the day 2-of-5 from the plate.
Aaron Landecker picked up the loss for the Pioneers after surrendering the four runs in the second inning.
The Pioneers return to action for a Northwest Conference series against Pacific beginning with a double-header on Saturday, March 14 at 12 p.m.