Pioneers couldn't capitalize on early lead

Pioneers couldn't capitalize on early lead

SALEM, Ore. -- The Lewis & Clark Pioneers held a 3-0 lead through seven innings, but the Willamette Bearcats managed to score four, pulling ahead to win 4-3.

Robert Reaser started the game for the Pioneers, and pitched a complete game with nine strikeouts. His record moved to 3-5 on the season. He threw a total of 148 pitches.

The Pios best hitter of the day was senior Ben Beck, who went 3 for 2 with 2 RBI off of a single in the fifth inning. Sean Shepherd also went 3-2, managing to cross the plate twice for two runs. 

Beck's RBI single in the fourth allowed the Pios the first two runs of the game. They were able to hold the lead into the eight inning, when Chandler Vieira flied out to right field, allowing Shepherd to score his second run of the day. 

However, Lewis & Clark was unable to shut the Bearcats out, allowing a two run home run in the bottom of the eighth by Willamette's Mason Fessler. Fessler came in clutch for the Bearcats in the bottom of the ninth, flying out to right field and allowing a walk off run by Cameron Igarashi. 

With the loss, Lewis & Clark fell to 7-29 on the season, 5-17 in the NWC. The Bearcats improved to 24-12 overall and to 16-6 in NWC play.

The Pioneers take the field again on Saturday at 12 p.m. and 3 p.m. to complete the road series at Willamette. 

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