TUCSON, Ariz. - The Lewis & Clark baseball team ended its trip to Arizona on a high note, sweeping the Oberlin Yeomen on Thursday afternoon. The Pioneers picked up a 7-5 win in the opening contest, before winning the 12-6.
Michael Kinkenon earned the Pioneers the first lead of the game in the first inning with a single to left field that brought in Bradley Lezak. Lezak led off the inning with a single through the right side, before moving to second on a Nick Lockwood single. Eric Hyun moved both runners into scoring position with a sacrifice bunt, setting up Kinkenon's RBI single.
The lead was short lived as Oberlin managed to push two runners across in the third. Lewis & Clark found a way to tie the game in the bottom half of the inning with a sacrifice fly to right by Hyun that scored Lezak.
With the game knotted up, Oberlin once again took the lead with a single run in the fifth.
Now trailing 3-2, the Pioneers put together a solid bottom of the fifth with three runs on five hits and two Yeomen errors. A triple down the right field line by Lockwood began the scoring. Hyun followed Lockwood with a single through the middle, allowing him to come home. A double by EJ Hand ended the scoring for Lewis & Clark.
The Yeomen responded in the top half of the next inning with two runs on a two-RBI single by Justin Cruz. The Pioneers answered with a two-RBI double to right field by Hyun to take a 7-5 advantage. The double scored Ben Beck and Sean Shepherd.
Hyun ended the game 2-for-2 from the plate, while Bradley Lezak was 3-for-3, including a walk.
Alex Heimbrodt picked up the win for the Pioneers after coming in to pitch two complete innings.
Lewis & Clark wasted no time getting started in game two, plating five runs in the opening inning. The inning did not begin as Oberlin would have liked with a walk to the Pioneers lead off batter Lezak. Lockwood followed up the walk with a single to left field, setting up Kinkenon's two-RBI double.
Connor Eggleston continued the scoring with a single to right center that allowed Kinkenon to score moments later. With one out and the bases loaded, Hayden Higger singled through the right side, allowing Shepherd to come home. Having gone through the order, Lezak came back to the plate and was once again walked, allowing the final run of the inning to gracefully trot home.
The Pios made it a 9-0 game in the next inning, with four runs coming in, starting with a two-RBI triple by Hand. Eggleston picked up his second RBI of the game with a shot to short that allowed Hand to score. Higger collected another RBI with a sacrifice fly to left field that allowed Tommy Massari to score.
Lewis & Clark surrendered a run in the bottom half of the inning, but quickly got it back in the third, courtesy of a two out double down the left field line by Shepherd. The hit knocked in Kinkenon.
Oberlin cut the deficit to 10-4 in the bottom half of the third with two singles through the infield. Scoring ceased for both sides until the fifth inning when Shepherd hit another RBI double for the Pioneers.
The Yeomen plated their final two runs of the game in the sixth with a triple by Kyle Decker. Massari ended the Pioneers scoring in the next inning with his second double of the game that brought in Kinkenon.
Kinkenon and Shepherd both ended the day 3-for-3 from the plate with two RBI's, while Kinkenon scored five times. Massari and Eggleston were each 2-of-4 and Hand ended the game 2-of-5.
The Pioneers return to action on Saturday, March 28 for a Northwest Conference twinbill against Whitworth at the Huston Sports Complex. Game one is set to begin at 12 p.m.