Lewis & Clark picks up first victory, splits final day of NWC Preseason Tourney

Lewis & Clark picks up first victory, splits final day of NWC Preseason Tourney

FOREST GROVE, Ore. -- Max Gordon doubled in two runs and scored later in the first inning as the Lewis & Clark Pioneers took an early lead in Sunday's 6-4 defeat of the Puget Sound Loggers at Chuck Bafaro Stadium. The game was the third of four for the Pios at the Northwest Conference Preseason Tournament.

Gordon had the first extra-base hit of his career off Puget Sound starter Mau Makoa to bring in Matt Donovan and Sean Shepherd, both of whom walked earlier in the inning.

After Puget Sound took a 4-3 lead through four innings, Lewis & Clark picked up a two-RBI double by Donovan, who later scored to move the Pios up 6-4.

"Felt great to get our first win, especially after losing an early lead," said head coach Matt Kosderka, who picked up his first collegiate head-coaching victory. "Guys had been pressing a bit, but they finally relaxed and strung some hits together. Yarak was awesome on the mound."

Andrew Yarak threw his first-ever complete game. He struck out four while allowing 10 hits and four runs. Sam Helms and Jacob Serafini hit sacrifices, while Chandler Vieira also picked up an RBI.

With two more RBI, Donovan is among the top 15 of the Northwest Conference with a total of five. He had a total of 12 last season. Gordon is already at a career best with his pair of RBI. He's already matched his career-high in games played from last season and his 17 at-bats are a career best.

Shepherd's pair of hits gives him 11 for the year, fifth most in the NWC. He's also top 11 in average at .367, best of the Pios who have more than 15 at-bats. Cameron Paton is leading the team at .417. Shepherd also stole two bases, while Donovan took one against the Loggers.

Game 2

The Lewis & Clark Pioneers allowed a four-run fourth inning and lost to the Pacific Boxers, 5-3, in their NWC Preseason Tournament finale.

Chandler Vieira hit a two-run single and Matt Donovan added an RBI single as the Pios tried to rally in the eighth.

"We battled, but couldn't get anything going until the end," said Kosderka. "Proud of the way the guys battled."

Dominic Monozon took the loss in four innings pitched after giving up four runs on six hits. He had five strikeouts and now has 11 in two career starts. Jeramy Albert threw three innings of one-run relief with a strikeout and three walks, while Austin Conniff didn't allow a hit against three batters for his only inning of work.

Kevin Jacobs had his first career multi-hit game, going 2 for 4 with a strikeout. David Schmidt appeared in his first collegiate game and picked up a hit. Max Gordon drew three walks and scored a run in five plate appearances. Cameron Paton finished the first two weekends of the season with a .588 on-base percentage, which leads the team and ranks second in the conference. Ryan Ericksen had a sacrifice.

The Pioneers open the NWC season next weekend at George Fox.

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