Lewis & Clark can’t complete late rally for win

Lewis & Clark can’t complete late rally for win

PORTLAND, Ore. -- A bases loaded rally came up short for the Lewis & Clark Pioneers on Sunday in a 5-3 loss to Whitman at the Huston Sports Complex. The defeat completed a three-game sweep by the visiting Missionaries.

Trailing 4-1, Lewis & Clark scored runs in the bottom of the eighth inning on RBI hits by Connor Eggleston and Akira Abderrahman to close the deficit to one. Cooper Larson popped out to shortstop before Ben Beck was intentionally walked to load the bases. Tommy Massari struck out and Bradley Lezak grounded out to end the inning.

Joseph Zimmer hit a home run in the top of the ninth to round out the two-run win for Whitman.

Drake Gilliland pitched 6 1/3 innings of relief for the Pios, allowing one run before Zimmer's homer. He allowed six hits total, struck out five and walked one. He followed Aaron Landecker who gave up two earned runs on three hits over 2 2/3 innings. Landecker walked four batters and struck out one.

Lewis & Clark took a 1-0 lead after singles by Matt Donovan and Conner Sick were followed by Sean Shepherd's groundout to third that allowed Donovan to score from third base.

Whitman answered back with two runs in the second and one more in both the third and eighth innings. Garrett Atkinson won the game for the Missionaries, and Milo Mincin earned the save.

Sick finished 2 for 3 and Eggleston batted 2 for 4. Max Haddad, Beck and Larson all had hits too.

Lewis & Clark plays a non-conference game at Willamette on Tuesday before traveling to George Fox for a three-game, Northwest Conference series on Apr. 9-10.

Other Northwest Conference Scores - Sunday

Linfield 5, Whitworth 2
Pacific 12, Willamette 10
Puget Sound 3, George Fox 0