Baseball Drops Last Two to Whitman

Baseball Drops Last Two to Whitman

By: Amanda Dow-Allen
Sports Information Assistant

WALLA WALLA, Wash- The Lewis & Clark baseball team finished their three game series against Whitman Sunday losing the first game 4-5 and the second 5-10. The Pioneers move to 2-10 in Northwest Conference action and 8-15-1 overall while the Missionaries move to 3-10 in conference and 12-13-1 overall.

Game One:

John Trupin (4-3) takes the loss for the Pioneers pitching eight and two third innings giving up five runs on eleven hits, while walking one and striking out two. Spencer Hobson (2-1) takes the win for the Missionaries pitching one third of an inning. Will Thompson pitched eight innings giving up two runs on nine hits, while walking two and striking out five. Nick Johnson also saw time on the mound for the Missionaries.

It was quiet until the fifth inning when the Missionaries scored the first two runs of the game using three hits. Whitman scored again in the bottom of the eighth using three hits as well bringing the score 3-0 heading into the top of the ninth.

The Pioneers didn't want to give up when Andrew Traver led the inning off with a walk and advanced to second on a walk taken by Carter Bagley. Both runners then advanced a base on a balk, putting both in scoring position. Bradley Lezak grounded out to the shortstop, but was able to score Traver from third for their first run. With two outs Matthew Cathcart singled to right scoring another run. Michael Kinkenon then singled scoring Cathcart from first, and advancing to second on an error. The Pioneers weren't done as Hayden Higger stepped to the plate hitting a single scoring the fourth run of the inning.

Three hits later in the bottom of the ninth, the Missionaries took the game 5-4.

The Pioneers finished with twelve hits led by Lezak, Eric Hyun, Tommy Massari, and Corey Davis who each finished with two hits, while Cathcart, Kinkenon, Higger and Traver finished with one.

Game Two:

Ryan Strombom (1-4) takes the loss for the Pioneers pitching four and one third innings giving up seven runs on eight hits, while walking four and striking out one. Keean Kondo, Aaron Landecker, and Severiano Villarruel also saw some time on the mound for the Pioneers. Aaron Cohen (3-3) takes the win for the Missionaries pitching six innings giving up two runs on five hits, while walking one and striking out three.  Dakota Matherly and Cameron Young also pitched for the Missionaries.

The Pioneers struck first this game scoring two runs in the first inning. Lezak singled to right center, advanced to third on a Davis single down the left field line. Lezak was thrown out at home on a Higger fielders' choice. With Davis on third, and Higger on second, Massari singled to left scoring both runners to put the Pioneers up 2-0.

The Missionaries used three hits in the bottom of the second to score two runs and tie it up. In the bottom of the fifth the Missionaries broke it open scoring five more runs off two hits and using six walks in their favor tallying the score 7-2.

Clawing back the Pioneers scored two runs in the seventh when Hyun and Traver singled putting themselves in scoring position for Lezak. Singling to right field, Lezak did just that racking up two RBI's. In the eighth the Pioneers scored one more run when Higger singled to center, advanced to third on a shortstop error. Hyun hit a sac fly to the outfield scoring Higger from third for the last run the Pioneers would get.

The Missionaries finished off the bottom of the eighth scoring three more runs on one hit and an error to take the win 10-5.

Finishing with nine hits, the Pioneers were led by Lezak, Higger and Hyun, who each finished with two hits, while Davis, Massari, and Traver each finished with one hit, respectively.  

The Pioneers square off against Whitworth for more Northwest Conference action at Huston Stadium on April 5 for a double-header beginning at noon.