Massari's Home Run Not Enough; Whitworth Sweeps Pioneers

Massari's Home Run Not Enough; Whitworth Sweeps Pioneers

PORTLAND, Ore. - Lewis & Clark sophomore Tommy Massari hit his first home run of the season on Sunday afternoon, but it was not enough to lift the Pioneers over Whitworth in the final game of the Northwest Conference series. The Pirates picked up a 5-2 win, completing the series sweep.

Massari put the Pioneers ahead 2-0 in the second inning after smacking a Cory Mack pitch over the fence in left center. Massari picked up Connor Eggleston, who reached on a fielder's choice, along the way. 

Whitworth tied the game at after scoring a single run in the top of the third and fourth innings. The Pirates captured their first lead of the contest in the seventh with a two-run home run of their own. A Pioneer throwing error in the eighth allowed the final Pirate run to come home. 

Lewis & Clark threatened in the bottom of the ninth, loading the bases, but were unable to bring any of those runners home. 

EJ Hand and Massari each ended the day 2-for-4 from the plate. Alex Heimbrodt picked up the loss after pitching eight complete innings that saw him strike out four of the 39 batters he faced. 

The two teams will face off against each other on Monday, March 30 at 4 p.m. in a non-conference game.