By Myles Bridgewater-Jackman
Sports Information Student Assistant
PORTLAND Ore. - The Lewis & Clark baseball team got off to a good start Monday afternoon, plating two runs in the first two innings before Pacific scored fifteen unanswered runs to complete the three game sweep of the Pioneers.
The Pioneers leadoff man, Ben Beck, started the home half of the first with a single through the left side and stole second during Bradley Lezak's at bat. Lezak took a one-out walk, and cleanup hitter Michael Kinkenon worked a walk of his own to load the bases for EJ Hand. Hand drove in one via sac fly to left, but Lewis & Clark was unable to do any more damage as Boxer starter, Nathan Suyematsu, struck out the last batter of the inning.
The following inning, the leadoff batter reached base once again. Conor Eggleston, who would finish the day 3-4, smacked a double down the left field line before advancing to third on a passed ball. Two batters later, designated hitter Andrew Traver singled through the right side, allowing Eggleston to score. Once again, Suyematsu was able to limit damage and induced two groundouts to end the inning. The Pacific starter was lights out the rest of the game, only allowing three more hits in his seven innings pitched.
Alex Heimbrodt, fresh off a stellar four-hit, complete game performance against Linfield, started the game well for the Pios, but was undone by a combination of L&C errors and hot hitting from Pacific. Heimbrodt worked out of an error-induced jam in the first, only allowed one hit in the second, and then set down the Boxers 1-2-3 in the third. In the top of the fourth inning, Pacific put two runners in scoring position and brought in Ryan Colson to pinch hit. Colson grounded a ball to short but the third Lewis & Clark error of the game allowed the first Boxer run to score. After a passed ball, allowing the runners to advance to second and third, Cole Kanazawa grounded out to second, driving in another run. Heimbrodt struck out the next batter, which would have gotten him out of an error-less fourth inning, but the extra out allowed Pacific to plate three more runs on an RBI single and a two-run home run.
Pacific struck again the following inning when the leadoff batter reached on a base hit, advanced on a balk and then came home to score on an single down the right field line.
Two more runs scored in the sixth to make the game 8-2, and after allowing a leadoff homer in the 7th, Heimbrodt was lifted for relief. The Boxers piled on in the 8th, with six runs, on four hits and an error.
The Pioneers accumulated three more hits in the last two innings, but were unable to answer any of Pacific's fifteen runs.
Up Next: The Pioneers travel to Willamette this weekend for a three game series in Salem. The double-header series opener begins Saturday, March 21 at noon.