Pios come up empty in NWC opener, Shepherd has first four-hit game

Pios come up empty in NWC opener, Shepherd has first four-hit game

NEWBERG, Ore. -- The Lewis & Clark Pioneers scored more in Sunday's portion of their resumed game against the George Fox Bruins, but ultimately lost 12-10 at Morse Athletic Fields. Chandler Vieira and Sean Shepherd brought in runs in a three-score seventh inning. Shepherd finished 4 of 5, his first career four-hit game, and was one of five Pioneers with multiple hits.

Lewis & Clark entered Sunday down 11-7 after the game was suspended after the fifth inning on Saturday. Originally, the teams were going to resume at 10:30 a.m., but weather pushed it back to noon.

The Pioneers outscored George Fox, 3-1, in the final three innings. Vieira brought in a run on a groundout before Shepherd hit a sacrifice fly to score Jacob Serafini. Matt Donovan later scored on an error, one of two by the Bruins in the game.

Vieira had two doubles in the game and Donovan had one and a pair of RBI. Connor Eggleston, Cooper Larson, Max Gordon, Kevin Jacobs and Serafini also brought in runs.

Before Saturday's play was suspended, Jacobs, Serafini and Donovan had RBI hits in the Pios' four-run fifth inning that gave the Pioneers a 7-6 lead. George Fox answered back with five runs in the bottom half of the inning to regain the advantage.

Trailing by two, the Pioneers loaded the bases with one out in the eighth inning after Max Gordon walked and Jacobs and Serafini hit singles. Donovan and Vieira struck out to end the threat. The first two batters of the ninth reached base before a pair of fly outs and Ryan Ericksen's groundout ended the game.

Andrew Yarak threw 4-1/3 innings in his first NWC start and allowed 10 runs, only four of which were earned. He struck out a pair and allowed five walks to go with eight hits. Jeramy Albert relieved him and got the final two outs of the fifth inning before the game was suspended. Austin Conniff pitched the Sunday portion and went three innings with two hits, a run and a strikeout.

Zach Stouder followed starter AJ Atherton and Landon Schirer and earned the win in relief for George Fox. Alex Jondal pitched the final 1-2/3 and earned his first save. Four Bruins had multi-hit games.

Game 3

Sunday's finale was mostly a one- or two-run game before George Fox scored five runs in the seventh inning in the Pioneers' 10-2 loss.

Two runs scored during Sean Shepherd's at-bat in the third inning for Lewis & Clark's only runs of the game. Nat Richman relieved starter Nick Kennison and threw the bulk of the game. Richman pitched a season-high four innings and gave up two hits and a pair of walks while allowing one run with a strikeout. Kennison lasted two innings in his third career start and allowed four runs on seven hits. Max Haddad followed Richman and allowed five runs against six batters before Connor Eggleston threw a scoreless inning.

Matt Voelzke earned the win for the Bruins in relief. He struck out 12 of the 17 batters he faced. Alex Jondal threw 4-2/3 innings as the starter and gave up two unearned runs on two hits.

Offensively, Justin Katona hit a double in a 2 for 3 performance from the plate, his second multi-hit game of the season. Kevin Jacobs and Eggleston had a hit apiece for the Pios, with Jacobs reaching base three times after drawing two walks. Cameron Paton also took two walks. Jacob Serafini and Katona had sacrifice hits.

George Fox built a 3-0 lead in the first inning and had two batters total three hits. Jerred Seamons and Dillon Blankenship both went 3 for 3 from the plate with two RBI and a pair of doubles each.

Lewis & Clark opens the home schedule at Huston Sports Complex with a three-game series against Pacific Lutheran on Saturday.

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