The Lutes Get the Best of Baseball

The Lutes Get the Best of Baseball

By: Amanda Dow-Allen
Sports Information Assistant

PORTLAND, Ore- The Lewis & Clark baseball team hosted a Northwest Conference double-header on sunny Friday afternoon against Pacific Lutheran losing game one 2-6 and game two 3-7. The Pioneers move to 9-25-1 overall and 3-17 in conference play, while the Lutes move to 21-13 overall and 12-7 in conference play.

Game One:

John Trupin (3-6) takes the loss on the mound for the Pioneers pitching seven innings allowing six runs off twelve hits while walking three and striking out five. Keean Kondo pitched the final two for the Pioneers. Trevor Lubking (5-2) takes the win for the Lutes pitching eight innings only allowing two runs on eight hits, while striking out thirteen. AJ Konopaski takes the save for the Lutes.

Two doubles in the top of the third inning put the Lutes on the board for the first time. In the fourth Tyler Thompson reached on an error by Trupin followed by a singled that advanced him to second. A fielders' choice play allowed Thompson to reach third, but a quick error by the third baseman moved him home to score putting the Lutes up 2-0.

In the fifth the Lutes scored again using three hits and a walk. Collin Nilson who walked to begin the inning, worked his way around the bases and scored on a balk. The sixth inning brought more runs for the Lutes as Curtis Wildung hit a two run homer to make the score 6-0.

The Pioneers used the bottom of the eighth to put their runs on the board. Eric Hyun began the inning with a single, advanced to second on a wild pitch, and moved to third when Tommy Massari hit a single to third base. Massari then advanced on a wild pitch, and advanced to third when Corey Davis singled to left field also scoring Hyun. Reaching on a fielders' choice, Conner Sick allowed Massari to score for the only two runs the Pioneers could push losing 2-6.

Three different Pioneers finished the game with two hits including Hyun, Massari, and Davis.

Game Two:

Alex Heimbrodt (2-4) takes the loss on the mound for the Pioneers pitching six innings allowing six runs on eight hits, while walking five and striking out four. Stein Retzlaff, and Ben Beck also saw time on the mound for the Pioneers. Chris Bishop (4-5) takes the win for the Lutes pitching eight innings allowing three runs on six hits while walking two and striking out nine. AJ Konopaski picks up his thirteenth save of the season while Cory Nelson also saw time on the mound for the Lutes.

Game two began with a different story, as the Pioneers got on the board in the first inning. Ben Beck reached first on an error by the shortstop and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Hyun. With a Davis single to left field and two outs, Beck scored the one run of the inning.

The Lutes came right back and scored four runs in the top of the second using four hits and an error to their advantage. 

The Pioneers scored another in the bottom of the second when Andrew Traver doubled to right center and advanced to third on a fielders' choice hit by Jacob Burton and scored on an error by the second baseman.

Scoring again in the fourth, fifth and ninth, the Lutes took the lead 7-2, using two hits and three errors to get the job done.

Massari led the ninth off with a single to right field and advanced to second on a Hayden Higger single to left field. Both advanced a base when Traver drew a walk. A ground out double play scored Massari and the Pioneers couldn't come up with anymore runs losing game two 3-7.

The Pioneers square off again Saturday April 19 against Pacific Lutheran for one game to finish out the three game series at Huston Stadium beginning at 11 a.m.