WHITTIER, Calif. -- A six-run ninth inning brought the Pioneers closer, but Lewis & Clark couldn't recover from a 12-run deficit in a 17-11 loss to the Whittier Poets on Sunday afternoon at Memorial Stadium.
Lewis & Clark fell behind 9-3 after the first four innings, and Whittier added four more in both the sixth and eighth innings to grow the lead.
Nick Lockwood smacked a grand slam to right center, his first career home run, to score four of the Pios' six runs in the ninth. The junior went 3 for 5 with four RBI. Earlier in the inning, Conner Sick scored when Ryan Ericksen reached on an error. Akira Abderrahman (pictured below right) followed with a single in the next at bat to score Jacob Burton. Both Sick and Burton had reached on walks.
After allowing four runs in the bottom of the third, Matt Donovan's sacrifice fly scored Gutterman to give the Pios a run back in the fourth inning. Lewis & Clark gave up five runs in the ensuing bottom half, but bounced back with two in the top of the fifth. After three straight singles by Shepherd, Eggleston and Lockwood, Tommy Massari drew a walk to score one before Gutterman brought in another on a fielder's choice.
Gutterman had two doubles to finish 2 for 4 with three RBI.
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Jake Raynaud led Whittier with four RBI on 2 for 3 batting. Dylan DeBrouwer went 3 for 5 with three RBI.
Whittier's Zachary Peyton picked up the win in relief of starter Alex Baez. Bradley Bourdase took the loss for Lewis & Clark, pitching three innings in which he allowed four runs on three hits, two strikeouts and three walks.
Jack Silva, Drake Gilliland, Jeramy Albert and Austin Conniff also pitched for the Pios. Gilliland went the longest, throwing 2 2/3 innings. He allowed six runs, two earned, on six hits with a pair of strikeouts.
Coach Tom Flynn, who says the Pios are off to their best start in a decade, and Lewis & Clark will open Northwest Conference play on Saturday beginning at 11 a.m. with a doubleheader against Linfield. The series will wrap on Mar. 6 with a single game starting at noon.
Whitworth 10, Whitman 5
Linfield 11, Puget Sound 5
Pacific 5, Pacific Lutheran 3