PORTLAND, Ore. -- After a weekend of unpredictable weather caused multiple schedule changes, the Lewis & Clark Pioneers (0-3, 0-8) played their final game in a series of three against the Pacific (Ore.) Boxers (3-0, 9-3) Sunday afternoon. The Pioneers lost 11-4 to the Boxers, keeping the game close until a late six run rally in the top of the ninth inning.
The Pioneers were much more successful behind the plate in Sunday's game than they had been on Saturday, matching the Boxers' 10 hits with only two strikeouts. Despite bigger bats, the Pioneers couldn't find their momentum in bringing runners home, managing only to score one run in the second due to an error and two runs in the third off a single from Matt Donovan and a double from Jack Thompson.
Despite a high scoring third inning for the Boxers, they never ran away with the lead until the top of the ninth inning. The Pioneers allowed six runs off two singles from Ian Blair and Eli Wisdom and a home run from Ryan Krout. The Pios tried to respond, subbing in pinch hitters for most of their starters, but ended the game with two fly balls in the outfield and a pop up to shortstop.
The Pioneers' offense was led by Cooper Larson who had two hits and two of the team's four runs, and Ryan Ericksen who had two hits and one RBI. Matt Donovan and Jack Thompson each earned an RBI apiece. The Pioneers saw six pitchers on the field Sunday, with Andrew Yarak taking the loss, allowing four hits with one strikeout. Austin Conniff saw the most field time, pitching 3 innings and allowing one hit with two strikeouts. Max Haddad, Nathan Klein, and Brian Tatman all allowed one hit, with Haddad getting one strikeout while Jeremy Alpert allowed two hits.
Jack Thompson was the first to score in the bottom of the second inning. After being walked, he made it home on an error by Pacific that got Zack Kong to second base. Thompson later doubled to center field in the third, bringing in Cooper Larson after Matt Donovan singled to center field, scoring Jacob Serafini. Larson scored again in the eighth on a single from Ryan Ericksen.
- Andrew Yarak, Austin Conniff, and Max Haddad combined for four strikeouts
- The Pioneers left eight runners on base to the Boxers' seven
- Austin Conniff threw 30 strikes out of 45 pitches and had the most strikeouts of the game with two
- Jacob Serafini, Cooper Larson, and Jack Thompson all doubled in the third inning to bring in two runs
- The Pioneers went 10 for 10 with the Boxers for hits
The Pioneers play again on Fri., Mar. 1 against Oregon Tech on their home field. The game starts at 2pm.