TACOMA, Wash. -- The Lewis & Clark Pioneers were on the road Saturday, playing the Pacific Lutheran Lutes in Tacoma. Unable to hit runners in, the Pioneers lost 7-1 in the first game, and 3-2 in the second. Robert Reaser pitched an impressibe eight innings in the second game, cutting down the scoring from the first game by almost fifty percent.
During the first game, the Lutes scored in the first and second, and continued getting one or two runs per inning. Lewis & Clark (2-5, 2-2 NWC) never allowed more than two against per inning. The Pioneers only run came in the eighth inning, when senior Tommy Massari hit a ball down the middle to get to first base. Connor Eggleston grounded out to third base, allowing Massari to advance to second. Massari rounded home after a left field single by designated hitter Akira Abderrahman.
Pacific Lutheran scored seven, led by second baseman Landon Packard, who had two hits, one run, and three RBI.
Andrew Yarak opened for the Pios, pitching 5 1/2 innings, before being relieved by Nathaniel Richmond and Zach Merzlack.
In game two, Lewis & Clark was able to stay within one, losing 3-2. Pacific Lutheran scored first, getting one in the fourth inning. The Pios responded with their own runs in the fifth and sixth inning, holding the lead before the Lutes tied it up in the bottom of the sixth. They finished it off with the deciding run in the bottom of the ninth.
Kory VanderStaay of Pacific Lutheran (5-2, 3-1 Northwest Conference) got a ball over the left field wall for a walk off home run to earn the doubleheader sweep. The team trailed 2-1 when he came to the plate in the six. VanderStay hit one over the left field wall to tie the game, before doing it again in the ninth.
Lewis & Clark was led in the second game by senior Nick Lockwood, who was 2-3 with one run. Ryan Erickson had the only RBI of the game. Reaser pitched all eight innings for the Pioneers, facing 32 batters, and getting seven strikeouts.
The Pioneers play game three tomorrow in Tacoma at 12 p.m.