Lewis & Clark wins all three in Tucson

Lewis & Clark wins all three in Tucson

TUCSON, Ariz. -- Lewis & Clark won all three of its games at the Tucson Invitational on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Game 1 - Lewis & Clark 10, DePauw 5

Lewis & Clark gave up one run in the top of the first inning, but bounced back with two in the second and four in both the fourth and sixth innings to beat DePauw 10-5 in the Pios' opener at the Tucson Invitational on Tuesday.

Akira Abderrahman hit an RBI single in the second and a two-RBI triple in the fourth to finish 2 for 4 with three RBI, leading the Pioneers offensively. Drake Gilliland (1-2) pitched 6 2/3 innings and struck out nine batters to earn his first win in his first start of the season.

The Pios had three triples overall, as Bradley Lezak, Sean Shepherd and Nick Lockwood had two hits apiece. Shepherd hit a two-RBI triple in the sixth inning before later scoring on a wild pitch. Lockwood had a double, and Ben Beck had Lewis & Clark's third triple for his only hit.

DePauw's Andrew Quinn took the loss.

Game 2 - Lewis & Clark 10, Williams 8

Playing as the visiting team, the Pioneers built a five-run lead through six innings and held on for a 10-8 win over Williams on Wednesday morning.

Matt Donovan hit two doubles, finishing 3 for 5 overall, while Ben Beck hit a double and a triple to bat 3 for 5 as well, helping Lewis & Clark to a 7-1 lead after two innings. Donovan's first double scored Bradley Lezak in the first inning before Connor Eggleston hit an RBI single. Tommy Massari also brought in a run when he was hit by a pitch.

In the second inning, Lezak scored Beck on a single before Sean Shepherd hit an RBI triple.

Beck's triple scored two runs in the sixth inning.

Robert Reaser started the game and pitched four innings, allowing three earned runs on five hits while striking out and walking five. Austin Conniff (2-0) earned the win in relief, throwing 3 1/3 innings and giving up one earned run on six hits. Nathan Klein earned his first career save, entering the game with a three-run lead and pitching the last 1 2/3 innings, giving up one hit.

Nathan Michalski took the loss for Williams.

Lewis & Clark scored 10 runs despite stranding 10 runners, the most in any of the Pios' three games in Tucson.

Shepherd finished with three hits and scored a game-high three runs. Eggleston ended with two hits and an RBI, while Akira Abderrahman had a hit and two RBI, as did Lezak.

Game 3 - Lewis & Clark 8, Oberlin 2

Lewis & Clark scored in bunches, plating four runs in both the fourth and fifth innings, to win 8-2 over Oberlin and finish 3-0 at the Tucson Invitational.

Connor Eggleston and Nick Lockwood hit triples, as Eggleston and Ben Beck put up three hits apiece. Eggleston's triple scored two runs to get the Pios started in the fourth inning. Lockwood followed with an RBI triple of his own to score Eggleston. Tommy Massari added an RBI on a groundout.

In the fifth inning, Akira Abderrahman grounded out to second, scoring Ben Beck before Sean Shepherd hit an RBI single to left. Lockwood reached on an error, allowing Eggleston and Shepherd to score.

Bradley Bourdase (1-2) threw a complete game for the win, allowing one earned run on nine hits. The freshman threw five strikeouts and allowed four walks against 35 batters.

Brian Carney went 4 for 4 for Oberlin, which saw Jack Reiss take the loss.

Bradley Lezak finished 2 for 4 for the Pioneers, while Abderrahman, Shepherd, Lockwood and Christian Macdonald each had a hit apiece.

Lewis & Clark is now 11-15 on the year, its most wins since finishing the 2008 season with 16. The Pios still have 14 games left this season, including a Northwest Conference series at Whitworth starting Friday at noon. The Pios played the Pirates on Mar. 7, winning 4-2.