NEWBERG, Ore. -- Things improved for the Lewis & Clark Pioneers on Sunday after losing a doubleheader the day before by a combined score of 27-4. The Pios allowed six runs on Sunday against George Fox, but only scored twice in a 6-2 defeat at Morse Athletic Field.
The loss, Lewis & Clark's 10th straight, drops the Pioneers to 11-25 overall and 3-18 in the Northwest Conference this season.
Conner Sick continued to hit the ball well, going 3 for 4 with an RBI and a walk on Sunday. He finished the series 7 of 11 with three RBI, and is now 13 for 23 over his last seven games. Sick scored Sean Shepherd in the third inning after Shepherd hit a leadoff double. Shepherd finished 2 for 5, the only other Pios player with multiple hits.
Bradley Lezak also had a double for his only hit in three at-bats. The Pios scored again in the eighth when Tommy Massari walked in a run, but Lewis & Clark left three runners on base after Cooper Laron pinch hit for Nick Lockwood and struck out.
In the top of the ninth inning, Jake Timlin came in to close for George Fox and hit the pinch-hitting leadoff hitter Jason Nakamura (pictured below right). After Ben Beck walked, Nate Higa replaced Timlin and forced Matt Donovan and Shepherd to fly out. Sick's single brought the go-ahead run to the plate with the bases loaded, but Connor Eggleston's at-bat resulted in the final out.
George Fox's Sam Morland (7-2) pitched 7 1/3 innings and gave up two runs in the win. He struck out four. Jake Thran, Gabe Louthan and Jacob Woehler had three hits apiece for the Bruins.
Lewis & Clark ends the season with a three-game home series against Pacific Lutheran on Apr. 16-17. There will also be an alumni baseball reunion in Portland. It will be the final games for seniors Aaron Landecker, Carter Bagley, Christian Macdonald, Lezak, Howell and Trupin.
The Pioneers next game is on Tuesday at Ron Tonkin Field against Pacific that does not count in the NWC standings.
Other Northwest Conference Scores - Sunday
Whitworth 11, Pacific 9
Linfield 15, Whitman 11
Pacific Lutheran 9, Puget Sound 7