WHITTIER, Calif. -- A mistake-prone Saturday afternoon kept the Lewis & Clark Pioneers from a sweep in their neutral site, split set with Bates, as the Pios dropped their second against the Bobcats, 8-4, at Memorial Field.
Lewis & Clark committed six errors, a season high, including three in the fifth inning, as Bates scored in five of the game's nine innings to avenge Friday's 8-2 loss to Lewis & Clark.
"It was a sloppy game. We didn't play well enough to win," said Lewis & Clark head coach Tom Flynn. "We had too many walks and too many errors. The good news is, this year, we're strong enough and can make this type of game a competitive one. The guys battled."
Spencer Gutterman (pictured right) had the Pios' only multi-hit game, going 2 for 2 in the designated hitter spot. His single started the Pioneers in the fifth inning, as he later scored on Bradley Lezak's double, and Lewis & Clark cut Bates' lead to 3-2.
In the top of the sixth inning, however, Bates plated three runs, the last two of which were on free bases. After Ryan McCarthy singled to score a run and keep the bases loaded, Samuel Warren walked two batters later to score a run. The next batter, Brendan Fox, reached on an error, scoring another run, and through 5 1/2 innings, Bates led 6-2.
Robert Reaser took the loss for Lewis & Clark, pitching five innings and allowing five runs, three of which were earned. He allowed three hits, walked four and struck out two batters. John Trupin and Holden Jones split the finish of the game, allowing three runs total.
Conor Reenstierna was the offensive highlight for the Bobcats, going 3 for 5. Connor Russell started the game for Bates, throwing five innings and allowing two runs on five hits.
In Friday's 8-2 victory over Bates, the Pios committed just one error while allowing eight hits. Freshman Nathan Klein pitched six innings and allowed only two runs.
"It's been a good trip and we're playing competitive baseball," said Flynn, who called Friday's win over Bates one of his team's best performances this year. "We're looking to get some good, strong pitching and get ready for Linfield [on Mar. 5]. The ultimate goal is to get ready for the conference."
Lewis & Clark is off to one of its best starts in a decade, according to Flynn. With a win on Sunday against Whittier, the Pios could start the season over .500. On Friday, the Pioneers lost 15-5 to the host Poets.
Other Northwest Conference Scores - Saturday
Whitworth 10, Whitman 4
George Fox 13, Willamette 3
Puget Sound 9, Linfield 5
Pacific 7, Pacific Lutheran 3
Willamette 8, George Fox 4
Whitworth 18, Whitman 1
Linfield 4, Puget Sound 3
Pacific 4, Pacific Lutheran 2