SPOKANE, Wash. -- Akira Abderrahman hit his third home run of the season in the fourth inning to tie the Lewis & Clark Pioneers with the Whitworth Pirates before the Pios allowed eight-straight runs in a 9-2 defeat at Merkel Field on Sunday.
In the final Northwest Conference-counting game of the four-game set, the Pios pulled even with Abderrahman's homer following Jacob Yamane's RBI double in the second. Abderrahman was the only Lewis & Clark batter to have multiple hits, finishing 2 for 3.
Max Gordon pinch hit for Abderrahman in the ninth inning and hit a RBI single to end the stretch of unanswered runs by the Pirates. Cooper Larson and Ben Beck also had hits for the Pios. Lewis & Clark had two runners on in the third and sixth innings, but couldn't bring them in.
Matthew Young (4-2) was the winning pitcher for Whitworth (18-10; 9-9 NWC), tossing eight innings with eight strikeouts. Garrett Hughes, JT Phelan and Yamane each had three hits, as the Pirates totaled 15.
Lewis & Clark allowed five runs in the opening inning on the way to a 10-5 defeat against Whitworth in Sunday's finale.
Trailing 7-0 entering the fifth, junior Sean Shepherd hit a three-run home run to put the Pioneers on the board. A RBI by Kellen Ochi in the sixth and a sacrifice fly by Ben Beck in the seventh scored Lewis & Clark's other runs. Ochi finished with a season-high three hits in five at-bats, which led the Pios along with Shepherd's 3 for 4 performance. Shepherd now has five three-hit games this season.
Connor Eggleston and Beck each finished with two hits, and Eggleston had a double.
Andrew Yarak (2-5) started and pitched a couple of innings before Austin Conniff, Chandler Vieira and Max Gordon finished the game. Vieira threw 3 1/3 innings and gave up one run for the longest relief stint.
The Pioneers stranded three runners in the opening inning. Ochi led the game off with a double followed by a Matt Donovan walk. Both moved into scoring position after a wild pitch by Whitworth starter Brady Simmelink. Eggleston struck out, Shepherd walked and Tommy Massari popped out to end the inning.
The Pirates scored their five runs in the next half-inning. Simmelink (3-0) went on to throw five innings and gave up seven hits with four strikeouts. Whitworth had four doubles in the game and was led by Cody Simmons' 3 of 4 performance.
Lewis & Clark (5-25; 4-14 NWC) celebrates Senior Day as part of their four-game series with Whitman this weekend at the Huston Sports Complex. The first three games count toward the NWC record, and the first doubleheader is on Saturday starting at noon.
Other Northwest Conference Scores - Sunday
Willamette 4, Pacific Lutheran 3 (10 inn.)
Whitman 12, Puget Sound 2
Linfield 7, Pacific 2