Lewis & Clark defeated in opener despite totaling 14 hits; Game 2 postponed

Lewis & Clark defeated in opener despite totaling 14 hits; Game 2 postponed

PORTLAND, Ore. -- After falling behind by 10 runs, the Lewis & Clark Pioneers scored six in the fourth inning to close the gap before falling 10-6 against the George Fox Bruins at the Huston Sports Complex.

Lewis & Clark was scheduled to play two games on Saturday afternoon, but rained postponed the second contest in the second inning. It will be resumed at 11 a.m. at George Fox's Morse Athletic Fields in Newberg, Ore. on Sunday, followed by the originally-scheduled third game, which will now start approximately at 2 p.m.

Tommy Massari had two hits in the fourth inning, leading off with a single before hitting another with two outs. After Massari's leadoff hit, Ben Beck reached and later scored on Jacob Burton's double. Kellen Ochi, who finished 2 for 5, doubled to score Beck before Connor Sick added another base hit. Burton was thrown out at home on the play in a rundown. Sean Shepherd had a RBI single, as did Cooper Larson before the inning was over.

Overall, Lewis & Clark had three more hits than George Fox, 14-11, but couldn't overcome a seven-run inning by the Bruins.

"It came down to allowing seven runs with two outs," said Lewis & Clark head coach Tom Flynn.

The Pioneers retired George Fox's first two batters in the second inning before allowing three free bases, an error and three hits, one of which was a three-run home run by Andrew Reichenbach.

Lewis & Clark (0-4; 0-1 NWC) left seven runners on base in the game, including three in the next half inning.

After the Pios gave up 10 runs in the second and third innings, Max Haddad pitched 6 1/3 scoreless innings on three hits and two strikeouts in his first appearance of the season.

Matt Donovan and Massari both finished with three hits, while Shepherd and Larson had two apiece.

Sam Swenson led George Fox with a 4 for 5 performance.

Drake Gilliland took the loss after 1 2/3 innings, while Dustin Wells earned his first win of the year for George Fox (2-4; 1-0 NWC).

Other Northwest Conference Scores - Saturday

Pacific 3, Whitman 2
Willamette 4, Linfield 3
Pacific Lutheran 16, Puget Sound 3
Whitworth 8, Pomona-Pitzer 3
Whitman 14, Pacific 4
Willamette 10, Linfield 4 

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