Home Runs Not Enough For Baseball; Bearcats Take a Win

Home Runs Not Enough For Baseball; Bearcats Take a Win

By: Amanda Dow-Allen
Sports Information Assistant

KEIZER, Ore- The Lewis & Clark baseball team played a make-up non-conference game against Willamette Tuesday at the Volcanoes Stadium losing 4-9. Corey Davis and Hayden Higger were the big hitters for the Pioneers each finishing with three hits. The game moves the Pioneers to an overall record of 9-23-1, while the Bearcats move to 21-11.

Aaron Landecker (1-7) took the start and the loss on the mound for the Pioneers pitching four innings allowing four runs on three hits, while walking five and striking out two. Blake Howell pitched for three innings allowing five runs on five hits, while walking three and striking out two. Kyle Tibbett also saw time on the mound pitching two innings walking two and striking out two. Shea Harrison (1-1) picks up the win for the Bearcats pitching two innings, while walking one and striking out one.

The Bearcats were blanked in the first inning but not in the second, as they scored two runs on two hits while using an error in their favor. As one runner stole second, the other stole home giving the Bearcats an early 2-0 lead. Striking again in the fifth, the Bearcats used three hits and an error to score five runs. A few wild pitches and a triple to score two runs helped the 7-0 score.

Tommy Massari led off the bottom of the frame for the Pioneers with a single to center field. The timing was perfect for Davis, who smashed a homerun to right field for two RBI's.

Not letting up, the Bearcats scored two more runs on one hit to bring the score total to 9-2.

Another Pioneer homerun, this time hit by Massari to left field, moves the Pioneers within six runs. A last chance effort in the ninth scores one more run for the Pioneers. Davis hit a single to center field, advanced to second on a Higger sinlge, and scored on a Andrew Traver single to right field for the Pioneers final run of the game and losing 4-9.

Davis and Higger each finished with three hits each, while the Pioneers as a team finished with thirteen.

The Pioneers are back in action Friday April 18 for a single Northwest Conference match up against Pacific Lutheran at Huston Stadium beginning at 3 p.m.