Pios lose in opener

Pios lose in opener

PORTLAND, Ore. -- The Lewis & Clark Pioneers stayed even with the George Fox Bruins through three innings before the visitors added 12 runs over the final six in a 15-4 defeat on Saturday at Huston Sports Complex. The series was supposed to open with a doubleheader, but weather shifted things to a single game on Saturday.

Matt Donovan hit a leadoff home run in the bottom of the first and Cole Petters added an RBI double in the third. Jacob Serafini also had an RBI single in the third.

Dominic Monozon threw a career-high seven strikeouts over six innings in his fifth start of the season. He allowed 12 hits and four earned runs.

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Key Moments

After allowing three runs in the top half of the inning, the Pioneers tied the game in the bottom of the second. Jack Thomson led off with a walk and moved to second on a balk by George Fox starter Christopher Stone. Zack Kon hit his first career extra-base hit, a double, to give the Pios two on with no outs. Petters hit a double to right field to score one before Serafini hit his RBI single two batters later. Cooper Larson and Donovan struck out to end the inning.

In the third, Ryan Ericksen and Thomson each singled to lead off before George Fox turned a double play. Lewis & Clark (1-12, 0-7 NWC) didn't have another hit until Donovan's double in the seventh inning.

George Fox (8-6, 5-2 NWC) had seven extra-base hits including Derek Johnson's seventh-inning home run.

Deeper Look

  • Travis Benham was the final of four pitchers for the Pios and struck out two over a 1 2/3 innings
  • Joey Oda joined Donovan, Kon and Petters with a double while also drawing two walks to reach base three times
  • Donovan's home run is the fifth of his career; the senior has now hit at least one in each season of his career
  • The Pios failed to steal a base nor were caught stealing for the first time in four games
  • Larson's seventh-inning sacrifice fly is his first this season and fourth of his career
  • Lewis & Clark has not won a NWC series opener since last March when it beat Linfield 4-2

Looking Ahead

Lewis & Clark hosts George Fox at noon on Sunday for a doubleheader.