Late rally spoils Pioneers neutral-site weekend

Late rally spoils Pioneers neutral-site weekend

WILSONVILLE, Ore. -- The Lewis & Clark Pioneers completed their season-opening weekend with a rough ending, losing to Puget Sound, 10-9, to close out a three-game neutral site tournament against other Northwest Conference teams. Earlier in the day, the Pios lost 9-0 to Willamette.

Game 2 - Puget Sound 10, Lewis & Clark 9

The Pios led 9-3 into the bottom half of the seventh inning against Puget Sound before Lewis & Clark allowed five runs in the inning to let the Loggers to within one run. Ryan Moyes' two-RBI double put Puget Sound ahead in the next inning, and the Pioneers weren't able to answer with more runs in the ninth.

Conner Sick had a three-hit game in the finale, while Kellen Ochi, Matt Donovan and Tommy Massari posted two hits apiece.

"Today was very strong offensive performance," said head coach Tom Flynn. "We saw some good things. In the end, we lost the lead because the bullpen struggled to throw strikes."

The Pios used four relief pitchers over the last two innings. Nick Lockwood, Connor Eggleston, and Jeramy Albert gave up seven runs on one hit and seven walks.

Robert Reaser started the game allowing two runs in the first inning, but gave up just one more over his next five innings. In total, he struck out seven and walked five, allowing four hits.

"Reaser settled down nicely," said Flynn.

Nat Richman finished the game getting Lewis & Clark's final two outs with one strikeout after allowing two hits. 

Massari had two RBI with a stolen base in a 2 for 4 performance. Chandler Vieira also stole a base, while Cooper Larson and Donovan each had doubles.

Game 1 - Willamette 9, Lewis & Clark 0

In Sunday's opener with Willamette, Lewis & Clark allowed five runs combined in the fifth and sixth innings. Sean Shepherd, Donovan and Massari had two hits each.

Making his first career start, Andrew Yarak pitched five innings, allowed five hits, three runs with two walks and two strikeouts. Austin Conniff, Albert and Zach Merzlak all worked in relief, with Albert throwing 1 2/3 hitless innings.

The Pioneers had runners at third in both the third and fifth innings, but couldn't bring them in. Akira Abderrahman and Massari led off the third with singles, but Abderrahman was thrown out at home. Two innings later, Connor Eggleston hit a double down the leftfield line and Massari singled to start the inning, but when Jacob Burton flied out to right field, Massari was thrown out trying to get back to first, and the inning was over.