TACOMA, Wash. -- The Lewis & Clark Pioneers clinched their third win of the weekend 8-4 over the Pacific Lutheran Lutes in the last game of the weekend series. The Pioneers had eight hits and six RBI's to the Lutes two hits and three RBI's while the combined efforts of Stephen Baker and Austin Conniff earned seven strikeouts. Baker earned the win, which is his first of the season.
The Lutes were the first to put points on the board, but only held their lead until the third inning. The Pios were able to score for three consecutive innings in the third, fourth, and fifth, and strengthened their lead in the top of the ninth with a two-out rally to score two. Conniff was given the save with three strikeouts to send the Lutes down 1-2-3, clinching the win for the Pios.
A two-out rally in the top of the ninth solidified the Pioneers lead over the Lutes. Jacob Serafini started the inning with a single to third base, followed by a sacrifice bunt by Dom Monozon that advanced him to second. Sammy Benbow flied out to left field to bring the Pios to two outs with one runner on base. MIchael Contreras doubled to left field scoring Serafini, and was followed by another double from Sam Helms down the left field line to score. Jack Thomson was hit by a pitch but was left on base by a fly ball to center field from Mike Machado was caught.
Austin Conniff clinched the win for the Pios with three consecutive strikeouts, catching the first two batters looking and the last one swinging. He is credited with a save for the game.
The Lewis & Clark Pioneers kept the momentum going from their shut-out win in game two on Saturday into the first game of their Sunday doubleheader against the Pacific Lutheran Lutes. The Pioneers won 12-8, scoring 12 runs on 17 hits with six strikeouts between Andrew Yarak, Robert Reaser, and Nat Richman.
The Pioneers had a big first inning, scoring four runs off of singles from Jack Thompson and Zack Kon, and a sacrifice fly from Justin Katona. They advanced to 5-0 before the Lutes scored three in the bottom of the second. The Pios were able to keep the Lutes from scoring again until the bottom of the sixth where they tied the game, and then rallied for five runs in the top of the ninth. Austin Conniff came in for relief for Nat Richman to close down the inning and clinch the win.
The Lutes were able to tie the game in the bottom of the sixth inning, with both teams remaining scoreless until a five run rally by the Pioneers in the top of the ninth. Cooper Larson singled through the left side and Ryan Ericksen walked. Both advanced into scoring position on a wild pitch. A single to left field from Jack Thomson scored Larson followed by another single from Zack Kon to score Erickson. Singles from Justin Katona and Tyler Gannon loaded the bases and Jacob Serafini was walked to score Cameron Paton, who pinch ran for Kon. With bases still loaded, Dom Monozon singled to right field, scoring both Gannon and Katona. He was followed by Cole Petters, who grounded into a double play to end the inning.
- Cole Petters continues to lead the Pioneers with a.438 batting average and .471 on-base percentage
- Matt Donovan leads the team in hits, total bases, and stolen bases
- Stephen Baker threw 21 strikes in 37 pitches
- The Pioneers combined for 29 hits and 18 RBI's across the final two games of the series
- Austin Conniff is five strikeouts away from his career high of 19
- Nat RIchaman allowed two earned runs on four hits with two strikeouts in three innings
- Zack Kon led the team in RBI's through the doubleheader with 4
- Kon was followed by Matt Donovan and Jack Thomson with two RBI's each
- Cooper Larson is tied with Matt Donovan with nine runs for the season, and has 15 hits to Donovan's 18
- Andrew Yarak allowed one earned run on three hits in five innings and earned three strikeouts
The Pioneers host Puget Sound next weekend, playing a doubleheader on Sat., Mar. 23, and a single game on Sun., Mar. 24. Play starts at 12pm both days.