By: Amanda Dow-Allen
Sports Information Assistant
PORTLAND, Ore.- The Lewis & Clark baseball team played Whitman in a non-conference double header at Huston Stadium losing the first game 8-4 and finishing game two in a tie 2-2 due to darkness. The Pioneers are 4-6-1 overall while Whitman sits at 10-8-1 overall.
Sophomore pitcher John Trupin started on the mound for the Pioneers pitching five innings giving up nine hits and just two runs, while walking one and striking out four. Relieving Trupin in the sixth, Aaron Landecker (1-3) takes the loss for the Pioneers allowing five runs on five hits, while striking out five and walking three. Nick Lockwood also saw some time on the mound relieving Landecker in the ninth giving up one run on one hit, striking out one and walking one.
Sterling Spilinek started for Whitman pitching a six innings allowing three runs to score on two hits while striking out two and walking three. He was relieved in the seventh by Dakota Matherly (1-0) who takes the win for Whitman pitching three innings allowing one run on three hits while striking out two.
Whitman used five different innings to produce eight runs scoring the first run in the third inning off two hits. The second run came in the fifth using three singles to score one run.
The Pioneers fought back in the sixth innings scoring three runs without a hit. Using two walks and two errors to their advantage, the Pioneers scored two runs with the help of a fielders choice hit by Hayden Higger and a sacrifice fly by Matthew Cathcart. Lewis & Clark was only able to produce one more run in the eighth to tally their total to four runs.
The eighth inning proved to be the clincher for Whitman, as they scored four runs off two hits and an error. Scoring one in the seventh and one more in the ninth gave them eight, to take the win 8-4.
Michael Kinkenon hit a double while Higger and Cathcart finished with two RBI's a piece for the Pioneers.
Junior pitcher Alex Heimbrodt took the mound in inning one for the Pioneers pitching five innings allowing five hits and two runs, while walking two and striking out four. Ryan Strombom relieved Heimbrodt in the sixth facing eight batters striking out four and only giving up two hits.
Pitcher Will Thompson started for Whitman throwing five innings giving up six hits, and two runs, while walking two and striking out seven. Robert Maislin pitched two innings Whitman relieving Thompson in the sixth facing seven batters he gave up one hit and walked a batter.
The Pioneers crossed the plate first when Thompson balked scoring Kinkenon from third after reaching base on an error by the shortstop.
Whitman scored in the third inning using one hit and a walk to tie the game. Lewis & Clark didn't let that last long as they scored in the bottom of the third using two hits and an error. Ben Beck reached base on single to left center, advanced on a strike out, and was pushed to third on a single by Kinkenon. Kinkenon then stole second creating an error by the catcher that scored Beck from third.
The last run created before darkness set in, was by Whitman in the fifth inning using three hits to tie the game up 2-2. Three quick outs in the bottom of the seventh by the Pioneers ended the game in a tie.
The Pioneers (4-6-1) are back in action Saturday March 15 for a Northwest Conference double header at Pacific University (3-8) beginning at noon.