McMINNVILLE, Ore. -- Matt Donovan hit a two-run home run in the third inning, the second of his career, as the Lewis & Clark Pioneers closed out a four-game series with the Linfield Wildcats with an 8-4 defeat on Monday night at Roy Helser Field. The game did not count toward the Northwest Conference standings as it was a make-up game from the season's scheduled opener.
Donovan, who along with Nick Lockwood and Sean Shepherd ranks in the Northwest Conference's top 10 in batting average, hit the homer off Linfield starter Carter Buuck with two outs after Kellen Ochi walked.
"The home run felt really good off the bat," said Donovan, who is hitting a team-best .338 this season. "I went up there just trying to hit the ball hard and get our team going, and the pitcher threw me my pitch, so I put everything I had into it."
The blast came after Linfield (12-7; 9-5 NWC) built a 6-0 lead with three runs in both the first and second innings.
Trailing 8-2 in the eighth inning, the Pioneers loaded the bases and scored on four-straight walks by Linfield's Ethan Jones. Cameron Paton was credited with a RBI on the fourth. Connor Eggleston brought in Tommy Massari when he hit into a double play with no outs.
Jeramy Albert pitched the majority of the game for the Pios, allowing one run on two hits in five innings, his longest outing of the year. Lockwood (0-2) started the game and got two outs against seven batters, walking four. He allowed three runs on one hit. Austin Conniff threw 2 1/3 innings and allowed four runs, two earned, on five hits.
Dylan Peters (2-1) earned the win for Linfield with three scoreless innings and two hits. Scott Hilpert and Ryan Pladson had two hits apiece for the Wildcats, with Hilpert hitting a home run.
"Linfield is an excellent team," said Lewis & Clark head coach Tom Flynn. "It would have taken great performances to beat them. We played well enough to be very competitive, but not enough to win."
Lewis & Clark took a 2-1 lead in the fourth inning on RBI hits by Chandler Vieira and Ben Beck before allowing five runs in the next four innings to lose 6-2 in the final Northwest Conference game of the series with the Linfield Wildcats.
Beck finished 2 for 4 and six other Pios had hits in the game. In the second inning, Beck singled and scored when Vieira doubled to right-center field in the next at-bat. In the fourth, Beck hit a two-out single to score Akira Abderrahman, who had opened the inning with a single to third base.
Riley Newman (2-1) pitched 5 1/3 innings of relief for Linfield and got the win, striking out seven without giving up a run on one hit. Scott Hilpert hit two home runs and Ben Andrews added another as the pair combined to go 5 for 9 from the plate. Levin Horner-Villa was 2 for 4 with a triple.
The Pioneers (4-16; 3-7 NWC) host Pacific for four games this weekend, including three NWC-counting games. Lewis & Clark has four fewer losses than Pacific to lead the Boxers in the NWC standings.
Other Northwest Conference Scores - Monday
George Fox 9, Whitman 5