PORTLAND, Ore. - The Lewis & Clark wasted not time getting back to Northwest Conference action after their spring break trip, suffering a 16-4 and 5-0 loss to Whitworth on Saturday.
The Pioneers found themselves in an 8-0 hole before they were able to finally plate a run, which came in the fourth. The Pioneers lone run came courtesy of a single to center field by EJ Hand that knocked in Nick Lockwood.
The Pirates scored five more runs before the Pioneers managed another run. Lewis & Clark made it a 13-2 game in the bottom of the sixth with Hand picking up his second RBI of the day. This time the senior singled to center, knocking in Hiraki Yamazaki, who came in to pinch run for Eric Hyun.
Whitworth earned the run back in the eighth on a single to center by Matthew Nelson. The Pirates sent two more runners across in the top of the ninth for a 16-2 advantage.
The Pioneers earned two runs back in the final inning starting with a sacrifice fly by Sean Shepherd, which brought in Hand. Pinch hitting for Ben Beck, Akira Abderrahman brought in the final run of the game with a single to left field, brining in Connor Eggleston.
Hand ended the game 3-for-4, while Hyun was 1-of-3. Ryan Strombom pitched 4.2 innings, striking out four of the 31 batters he faced in the loss.
Despite not scoring a run, the Pioneers ended the contest with just four less hits than the Pirates. The Pioneer defense also stepped up their game, only allowing the Pirates three innings that saw at least a runner come home.
Lezak ended the game 2-of-4 from the plate, while Hyun, Tommy Massari and Beck were all 1-of-3. Even though the Pioneers did not pick up the win, John Trupin pitched a good game for the Pioneers. The lefty pitched a complete game, facing 41 batters, four of which struck out.
The two sides complete the three game series on Sunday with a single game set to begin at 12 p.m. at the Huston Sports Complex.