Lewis & Clark offense falters in losses to wrap-up Arizona trip

Lewis & Clark offense falters in losses to wrap-up Arizona trip

TUCSON, Ariz. -- RBI doubles by Nick Lockwood and Cooper Larson in game two put the Lewis & Clark Pioneers on the board for the first time in their two-game set with the Augsburg Auggies on Sunday morning, but the scores weren't enough to overcome an early hole in a 7-2 defeat at the Kino Sports Complex.

Combined with an 11-0 loss in the first game of the day, the Pioneers finished their Arizona trip with a 1-5 record.

"Tough weekend," said Lewis & Clark head coach Tom Flynn. "We played three very strong teams who played very well, and we didn't play particularly well. I am proud of the way our guys fought through adversity and injuries."

"While we didn't get some of the wins we expected to get, we definitely saw some guys step up in some big situations," said Lockwood. "Akira Abderrahman had a clutch home run in game two against Wabash on Friday and a RBI single against Macalester yesterday.

"The most notable performances of the weekend came from Robert Reaser and Andrew Yarak against Wabash. Those guys always keep us in the game and it's awesome playing behind them. I don't know if people realize how good Robert was in that game by looking at the stat line. We just weren't able to do enough offensively to back him up."

Other than the eight runs scored on Saturday against Macalester, the Pioneers were limited to four runs or fewer in all of their games.

Augsburg opened with four runs in the first off Lewis & Clark starter Jeramy Albert. Austin Conniff and Ben Beck also pitched for the Pios.

Lockwood scored his RBI double in the third inning before the Pios stranded runners at second and third. Larson's double happened in the sixth, which ended with the bases loaded.

Game 1

The Lewis & Clark Pioneers gave up two grand slams in an 11-0 loss to Augsburg to start their final day at the Tucson Invitational.

Nick Lockwood started the game at pitcher and was pulled in the third after allowing the two four-run home runs. Chandler Vieira came in to pitch the rest of the game.

"Chandler was solid in his extended relief appearance," said Lockwood.

The Pioneers loaded the bases in the fourth, but left all of their base runners stranded in the shutout.

Lewis & Clark has a quick turnaround after Arizona with a rescheduled series against Puget Sound set for Tuesday.

"We are still off to a strong start in NWC play and will be working hard to maintain that momentum," said Flynn.

With a 3-4 conference record, the Pios are a half game behind Whitman for fourth place, which is the final NWC postseason tournament spot.


Box scores for these games will be available later at LCPioneers.com

Other Northwest Conference Scores - Sunday

Pacific Lutheran 13, Pacific 3
Linfield 7, Puget Sound 2
Whitworth 5, George Fox 2
Willamette 4, Whitman 3 (10 inn.)
Pacific Lutheran 4, Pacific 2
Puget Sound 2, Linfield 1
Willamette 6, Whitman 1

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