Pios drop season opener

Pios drop season opener

CLAREMONT, Calif. -- The Lewis & Clark Pioneers left nine runners stranded in Friday's 6-0 loss to the Pomona-Pitzer Sagehens at Alumni Field.

In the season opener for both teams, the Pioneers had two runners on with one out twice in the first three innings. In the first, Chandler Vieira and Sean Shepherd hit singles, but were stranded after Connor Eggleston hit into a double play. Two innings later, Matt Donovan hit a one-out single before Vieira was hit to reach. Shepherd hit a ground ball to shortstop and Pomona-Pitzer turned two to end the inning.

Pomona-Pitzer had four double plays in the game.

"We just couldn't string anything together," said Lewis & Clark head coach Matt Kosderka, who made his head coaching debut. "We had 10 hits and hit the ball hard, but also hit into four double plays.  

"A lot of good things, and we will continue to build off of those."

The Sagehens took a 3-0 lead in the bottom half of the first inning on a three-run homer by Bryce Rogan against Pioneers starter Robert Reaser, who allowed five runs on six hits over four innings. Jeramy Albert and Brian Tatman each pitched two innings of relief. Albert allowed one run on two hits, while Tatman, a freshman in his first collegiate play, struck out one and didn't allow a run.

"Rob didn't have his best stuff, but battled and kept us in the game," said Kosderka. "Both Albert and Tatman threw well out of the bullpen."

The Sagehens (1-0) added two runs in the fourth plus one more in the fifth. Lewis & Clark (0-1) committed two errors, while Pomona-Pitzer had three.

Donovan, Vieira and Shepherd had two hits apiece for the Pios.

The Pioneers have three more games in southern California including Saturday's doubleheader against Claremont M-S.