Baseball Falls to Simpson (Calif.) 6-5 in Series Opener

Baseball Falls to Simpson (Calif.) 6-5 in Series Opener

REDDING, Calif. – The Lewis & Clark baseball team opened its four game series at Simpson with a 6-5 loss Friday afternoon. 

Lewis & Clark plated a run in the top of the first inning with sacrifice fly by Michael Kinkenon that brought in Eric Hyun. Simpson responded in the bottom half of the inning with a single run to knot the game at 1-1. 

Two more runs in the bottom of the second inning gave Simpson its first lead of the game. The Pioneers earned one of those runs back in the top of the third with Hyun once again coming in to score. The junior outfielder reached base on a double, before moving to third on a Bradley Lezak single. Kinkenon brought Hyun in again, this time on an error by Simpson. 

With a 3-2 lead, Simpson once again doubled its lead over L&C with a single run in the bottom half of the third. 

Three runs on four hits in the top of the sixth gave the Pioneers the lead back. With two outs and a runner on first, Josh Kirch stepped up and singled to right giving the Pios two base runners. EJ Hand followed Kirch with a double down the right field line that brought in Connor Eggleston. Another Pioneer double, this time by Ben Beck, brought in both Kirch and Hand. 

Now trailing 5-4, Simpson recaptured the lead in the seventh, scoring two runs on just one hit and a Pioneer error. 

Eggleston led the Pioneers from the plate, finishing 4-of-5, while Hand ended the day 2-of-3 with an RBI and a walk. Hyun ended the game 1-of-3 from the plate, including walking once, scoring two of the Pioneer runs. 

Ryan Strombom picked up the Pioneer loss after pitching six complete innings, striking out eight of the 31 batters he faced. 

The two sides meet up again for a double-header on Saturday, Feb. 28 with game one slated to begin at 12 p.m.