Pioneers drop Sunday matinee

Pioneers drop Sunday matinee

NEWBERG, Ore. – Playing their second game in as many days as the "home team" on a different college field, the Lewis and Clark Pioneers fell 18-8 in game one of a scheduled doubleheader to Pacific Lutheran, Sunday at George Fox's Morse Athletic Fields.

Game two of the doubleheader was postponed due to inclement weather.  The makeup date for game three of the series will be announced at a later date.

On Saturday, the Pios' dropped a 9-1 decision to the Lutes in the first game of the three game set at Linfield's Roy Helser Field.

In game one on Sunday, Pacific Lutheran (4-6, 2-0 NWC) scored four runs in the first inning, added five more in the second to take a commanding 9-0 lead through an inning-and-a-half.   

In the bottom of the second inning, Lewis and Clark scored its first run when Cooper Larson doubled to left center and later scored on a Jacob Serafini groundout.

Then a 30-minute rain delay ensued.

The Pioneers' bats surfaced once play resumed with seven runs on six hits in the bottom of the third inning, led Ryan Ericksen's three-run blast to left center.

After a groundout that started the inning, the Pios' picked up momentum on a Lutes throwing error by their shortstop.  Sean Shepherd and Connor Eggleston followed with successive RBI, then Larson connected with a double down the left field line making the score 9-4.

After a strikeout and two outs on the scoreboard, Serafini added his second RBI of the game with a single to left.

Ericksen cut his team's deficit to 9-8 with his first home run of the season. The one run deficit would be the closest the Pios' would be in the first game.

Pacific Lutheran added a pair of runs in the fifth inning, four in the seventh, and three more in the eighth to tally a season-high in runs (18) and hits (20).   The Lutes have won three straight games.

Lewis and Clark was led by Larson's 3-for-4 performance at the plate with a pair of doubles and a RBI, while Shepard went 2-for-3 with an RBI.

The Pioneers (1-12, 0-5) travel to Puget Sound for a three-game series beginning with a doubleheader on March 3 at 11 a.m.

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