PORTLAND, Ore. -- The Lewis & Clark seniors seemed determined to win their final game in a Pioneers uniform. Aside from the usual Senior Day opportunity to end their careers with a victory, Sunday's series finale against Pacific Lutheran was a chance for the Pios to end a 13-game losing streak.
One of the six seniors was starting pitcher John Trupin, who threw a complete game and earned his first win of the season, as Lewis & Clark defeated Pacific Lutheran, 6-5, at Huston Sports Complex.
The win caps off one of the most successful seasons for Pioneers baseball in the last decade, as the team opened up with an 11-15 record.
Christian Macdonald and Bradley Lezak had highly-productive days at the plate, combining to drive in five runs. Macdonald had a season-high three RBI, batting 2 for 4 with a run scored. He hit a two-RBI single to start the Pios' scoring in the second inning before closing out the game with an RBI single in the eighth. Lezak followed Macdonald's second-inning single with a two-RBI double down the rightfield line for one of his two hits.
Carter Bagley started at catcher on Senior Day, batting 1 for 4 with a run scored, as Lewis & Clark totaled five runs in the second inning. Nick Lockwood finished 0 for 2 after hitting a home run in Saturday's doubleheader with the Lutes.
Game 2 - Pacific Lutheran 10, Lewis & Clark 8
The two seniors to not play on Sunday were Aaron Landecker and Blake Howell, who both pitched in the second game of Saturday's doubleheader, a 10-8 loss to PLU. Landecker threw 5 2/3 innings, allowing one hit, but five runs, as he walked six batters and struck out two. After Drake Gilliland pitched 1 1/3 innings of relief, Howell threw the final two, giving up four runs on four hits with a stikeout.
Lewis & Clark (12-28; 4-20 Northwest Conference) took the lead in second inning when Lockwood homered to right field. His score followed Connor Eggleston's RBI single in the first inning.
In the fourth, the Pios scored four runs on a two-RBI single by Sean Shepherd, a bases loaded walk drawn by Ben Beck and Lezak's RBI error. PLU answered back with four runs in the top of the sixth, one in the seventh and four more in the eighth.
The Pios had one more chance in the eighth, scoring two on Shepherd's RBI single and an error during Akira Abderrahman's at-bat.
Game 1 - Pacific Lutheran 9, Lewis & Clark 5
The Lutes (22-16; 15-9 NWC) scored three runs in the third inning and two in the fourth to build a five-run lead before adding four more in the seventh en route to a 9-5 win over the Pioneers.
Lewis & Clark made a comeback attempt in the eighth inning with a grand slam home run by Lezak, his second of the season, which is a new career best. Cooper Larson added a sacrifice fly in the ninth inning.
Nathan Klein pitched three innings, giving up seven hits, four earned runs, five walks and two strikeouts. Jack Silva stuck out four in his 3 1/3 innings of relief before Bradley Bourdase and Austin Conniff combined for the final 2 2/3 innings.