By: Amanda Dow-Allen
Sports Information Assistant
PORTLAND, Ore- The Lewis & Clark baseball team split its double-header Sunday against Whitworth taking game one 11-5 before losing game two 9-2. Tommy Massari led the Pioneers with seven hits on the day at the plate including a homerun. The Pioneers move to 9-16-1 overall with a 3-11 Northwest Conference record, while the Pirates move to 7-18 overall and a 4-10 conference record.
Alex Heimbrodt (2-2) takes the win on the mound for the Pioneers pitching six innings allowing two runs on five hits, while walking two and striking out three. Ryan Strombom pitched three innings for the Pioneers allowing three runs on five hits while walking three. Carson Blumenthal (0-5) takes the loss for the Pirates pitching four and one third innings allowing six runs on nine hits, while walking one and striking out four. Michael Renner and Tyler VonDracek also saw time on the mound for the Pirates.
The Pirates struck first in the top of the third scoring one run on three hits. Scoring again in the fourth, the Pirates used one hit, two walks and a hit by pitch to their advantage.
The Pioneers woke their bats up in the bottom of the fourth scoring three runs on four hits. Massari started the rally with two outs when he hit a single to shortstop, stole second base and scored on a Corey Davis single up the middle. Andrew Traver reached on a walk and advanced to second on the Davis single. Jacob Burton stepped to the plate hitting a single through the right side scoring Traver and advancing Davis to third. A bunt single by Ben Beck scored Davis for the third run of the inning.
The bottom of the fifth brought more runs for the Pioneers as Matthew Cathcart began the inning with a single, stole second base, and advanced to third on a ground out. Hayden Higger then singled to right scoring Cathcart. Massari singled, and Traver walked, loading the bases for Burton who singled down the right field line racking up two RBI's taking the score to 6-2.
Cathcart led the charge again in the sixth singling up the middle, advancing to second on a ground out and scoring on a Higger single to add another run to the Pioneer total. The bottom of the seventh brought four more runs on five hits for the Pioneers.
The Pirates attempted to crawl back in the ninth scoring three runs on four hits, but it wasn't enough as the Pioneers took game one 11-5.
Massari led the Pioneers going 5-5 at the plate, while Higger and Burton finished with four hits. Cathcart, and Davis each finished with two hits, while Bradley Lezak and Beck each finished with one, respectively.
John Trupin (3-4) takes the loss for the Pioneers pitching seven innings allowing eight runs on fifteen hits, while walking one and striking out five. Dylan Camel also saw time on the mound for the Pioneers. Cory Mack pitched a complete game for the Pirates giving up two runs on seven hits while striking out seven.
The Pirates scored first in the second inning scoring one run on three hits. The fourth inning they tallied two more runs on three hits. Matt Nelson started the inning with a homer to right field.
The Pioneers were held scoreless as the Pirates scored five more runs on five hits and one error in the sixth inning. The damage was done using all singles spread around the field.
Massari scored the only two runs for the Pioneers in the bottom of the seventh when he homered to left center scoring Conner Sick who reached on a single to right field.
The Pirates scored one more in the eighth Camel hit a batter who scored on a double hit by Thomas Wakem taking the score to 9-2. The Pioneers had one hit in each of the eighth and ninth innings, but it wasn't enough to take the Pirates.
The Pioneers play April 7 in a make-up game against the Pirates from Saturday starting at 4:00 p.m. at Huston Stadium.