Lewis & Clark falters against Pacific

Lewis & Clark falters against Pacific

Game 1 - Pacific 10, Lewis & Clark 1

HILLSBORO, Ore. -- The Lewis & Clark Pioneers trailed 2-0 entering the eighth inning before losing 10-1 to the Pacific Boxers in Saturday's opening game of their three-game, Northwest Conference series at Ron Tonkin Field.

Poor field conditions at Pacific's home ballpark prompted the venue change, resulting in all three games starting in the evening.

Pioneers starter Nathan Klein gave up eight hits, but only two runs before getting two of the first three batters out in the bottom of the eighth. Pacific went on to get three hits and two runs, and Klein was replaced. The Pios sent pitchers Holden Jones, Zach Merzlak and Jeramy Albert into the game to get the final out, but the Boxers scored six more runs on one hit and one Pios error. Lewis & Clark walked three batters after Klein left the game.

Spencer Gutterman hit a pinch-hit, RBI single to score Jacob Burton in the top of the ninth inning. Lewis & Clark put up 10 hits to Pacific's 12, as the Pios left 10 runners on base in the game.

Sean Shepherd and Connor Eggleston each had two-hit games, with Eggleston putting down a double. Conner Sick finished 1 for 2 with a double as well.

Klein (3-1) took his first loss of the season, pitching 7 2/3 innings, allowing 11 hits with six runs, three walks and two strikeouts.

Shane Suyama led Pacific with three hits in five at-bats with an RBI. Starter Paul Wolfram improved to 3-2, pitching 8 1/3 innings, allowing ten hits and one unearned run.

Game 2 - Pacific 11, Lewis & Clark 6

Sean Shepherd started Lewis & Clark's six-run eighth inning with a two-RBI single, as the Pios tried to rally from a 10-run deficit in game two against Pacific, coming up short in an 11-6 loss.

The game was suspended in the sixth inning on Saturday night because of weather, resuming on Sunday evening.

After Ryan Ericksen and Nick Lockwood started the eighth with two putouts, Ben Beck hit a single up the middle before Conner Sick knocked a base hit to left. Bradley Lezak walked to load the bases for Shepherd, who singled to right field. After Connor Eggleston, Matt Donovan and Cooper Larson drew walks, scoring two additional runs, Ericksen reached on a fielder's choice, and Eggleston scored on a throwing error by Pacific shortstop Charlie Dietrich. In all, the Pios scored five runs on three hits and one Boxers error.

Sick and Shepherd (pictured right) finished the game with two hits apiece.

Aaron Landecker (1-3) was charged the loss, as the Pios starter went 3 2/3 innings and gave up six runs, one earned, on four hits with a pair of strikeouts and five walks. The Boxers scored five runs in the third inning on an error, Ben Roquet's single and a three-run home run by Kurtis Kloke.

Austin Conniff, Bradley Bourdase and Nat Richman combined for 4 1/3 innings of relief, with Richman facing the most batters of the three, 17, registering a strikeout with seven hits and two runs.

Sam Lawrence was the winning pitcher for Pacific, improving to 2-1.

Game 3 - Pacific 12, Lewis & Clark 1

Lewis & Clark's only run came in the top of the ninth when Conner Sick singled to left center to score Matt Donovan with Kellen Ochi on-board as well, as the Pios lost 12-1 to Pacific in the closing game of the series.

John Trupin (0-1) started for the Pioneers, completing 2 1/3 innings, giving up four hits and three earned runs. He had a strikeout and gave up a walk. Robert Reaser replaced him, throwing two innings with two strikeouts, four walks, four runs and three hits. Drake Gilliland and Blake Howell each pitched at least an inning before Jack Silva and Austin Conniff closed out the game.

Kyler Knieriem won his sixth game of the season in seven decisions, throwing six innings. He gave up four hits and no runs with four strikeouts and walks.

Lewis & Clark gave up four runs in the third, two in the fifth and five in the eighth after allowing one in the bottom of the first.

Bradley Lezak and Sick finished with the Pios' multi-hit games, as both had two hits.

The Pioneers go back to work on Saturday and Sunday, hosting Willamette for three games at the Huston Sports Complex. Saturday's doubleheader starts at noon, as does the third game on Sunday.