SALEM, Ore. -- The Lewis & Clark Pioneers held Willamette scoreless for the first five innings but the Pios struggled to convert with runners in scoring position dropping the final game of the series 6-0. The Pioneers (1-11, 0-6 NWC) had three of their four errors in the sixth inning in which the Bearcats (8-3, 5-1 NWC) scored four of their runs. Jack Thomson and Tyler Gannon led the Pioneers with two hits apiece. Gannon, Sam Helms and Jacob Serafini each had a double.
Andrew Yarak started the game for the Pioneers on the mound. He allowed three hits and two runs while recording one strikeout. Willamette's Nathan Gilman earned his second win for the Bearcats pitching seven innings while allowing seven hits and recording three strikeouts.
The Pioneers got out to a strong start in the second inning getting the bases loaded with only one out on the board. A single by Tyler Gannon to right field allowed Zac Kon to advance to second and Thomson to third giving the Pioneers their first runners of the game in scoring position. Jacob Serafini then hit a ground ball to second who flicked it to the shortstop to get the out at second. Willamette's shortstop Tyler Janitz attempted to turn the double at first but tripped over Gannon sliding into second. The umpire called interference on Gannon resulting in Serafini being called out at first to end the inning.
After going five and a half innings with no score Willamette started off the bottom of the sixth with a single to right field and an error allowed the runner to advance to second. The next batter up was hit by a pitch giving Willamette two runners on and no outs. A sacrifice bunt by Willamette's Ethan Fischel and a subsequent throwing error by Yarak allowed Willamette their first run of the game. On the next play an attempt to throw down the runner stealing second resulted in the runner on third stealing home and giving Willamette a 2-0 lead. The Pioneers had three of their four total errors in the sixth inning which allowed Willamette to put four runs up on the board.
- Earning three doubles this game, this marks the sixth game in a row that the Pioneers have had multiple doubles
- Helms was caught stealing for the first time in his career
- Gannon's two hits moved him up to third on the team in batting average with a .241
- Yarak moved to 0-2 in wins but leads the team in lowest earned run average (4.30)
- The Pioneers four fielding errors matches their season-high
The Pioneers return home to the Huston Sports Complex next weekend to take on George Fox. Saturday will be a doubleheader with games at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. while Sunday's game starts at 12 p.m.