Pios force extras, Abderrahman hits first career homer in a pair of losses to Willamette

Pios force extras, Abderrahman hits first career homer in a pair of losses to Willamette

Game 1 - Willamette 10, Lewis & Clark 3

PORTLAND, Ore. -- A two-run home run by Akira Abderrahman in the bottom of the fourth inning lessened Willamette's four-run lead to one, but the visiting Bearcats posted five runs in the sixth inning, as Lewis & Clark lost 10-3 to Willamette on Saturday afternoon.

Abderrahman followed Cooper Larson's RBI single with a shot over the high, right field fence at Huston Field for his first collegiate homer. The three-run fourth inning helped the Pios rebound after giving up three runs in the first inning. Lewis & Clark starter Nathan Klein (3-2) walked six batters in five innings of work, giving up five earned runs on four hits with four strikeouts to lose his first home game.

The Pioneers only had one baserunner in the first three innings before Ben Beck led off the fourth inning with a single. After Connor Sick and Sean Shepherd recorded outs, Beck stole second and was hit in on Larson's single to right center field. Abderrahman followed with his home run.

During the Bearcats' five-run sixth inning, Eric Del Prado hit a three-run shot of his own over the same wall, his third of the season.

Larson finished with the Pios' only multi-hit game, while Bradley Lezak, Beck, Shepherd and Abderrahman had a hit apiece.

Holden Jones relieved Klein, but only lasted 2/3 of an inning, giving up three more runs on three hits. Austin Conniff finished the game, allowing one run on no hits and two strikeouts.

Game 2 - Willamette 2, Lewis & Clark 0 (11 innings)

Sean Shepherd singled inside the third base line for an infield hit that scored Cameron Paton to tie Lewis & Clark's second game with Willamette in the bottom of the eighth inning, but Willamette moved back ahead on Mason Fessler's home run in the 11th to win 2-1.

Aaron Landecker pitched nine innings, allowing one run on eight hits while striking out and walking two. Matt Steindorf was equally as good for Willamette, allowing ten hits and a run with ten strikeouts over nine innings.

Jackson Watt (2-1) relieved Steindorf, earning his second win with two innings of work without allowing a run on two hits and two strikeouts. Drake Gilliland (0-2) took the loss for Lewis & Clark after two innings, giving up one run on one hit with a pair of strikeouts.

The Pios had struggled to get baserunners into scoring position before Ryan Ericksen led off the eighth inning with a single and was pinch ran for by Paton. Ben Beck laid down a sacrifice bunt, moving Paton to second base. Matt Donovan beat out a throw for an infield single before Bradley Lezak grounded out to first, moving Paton and Donovan forward. Shepherd hit his RBI single on the next at-bat, but was out on the following at-bat by Connor Sick.

In the ninth inning, Christian Macdonald moved to second after a two-out single and a balk by Steindorf, but Cooper Larson struck out to end the inning. Two innings later, Sick led off with a single, but he was stranded as the game ended.

Michael Pangelinan (pictured right) notched his first collegiate hit with a third-inning single in his first at-bat of the game. Donovan, Lezak and Ericksen finished with two hits apiece.

The Pios play the third game of the series at noon on Saturday, attempting to end a seven-game losing streak in the Northwest Conference.

Other Northwest Conference Scores - Saturday

George Fox 10, Carthage 6
Pacific Lutheran 17, Whitman 2
Pacific 10, Linfield 5
Whitworth 4, Puget Sound 2
Buena Vista 24, George Fox 3 (7 inn.)
Whitworth 6, Puget Sound 3
Whitman 4, Pacific Lutheran 3
Pacific 5, Linfield 4 (10 inn.)