Pioneers drop both at Huston

Pioneers drop both at Huston

PORTLAND, Ore. -- The Lewis & Clark Pioneers dropped their first game of a doubleheader to visiting Puget Sound 7-1. The Pioneers struggled to wake up their bats earning only four hits for the game compared to Puget Sound's eight. Jacob Serafini recorded the only run for the Pioneers in the game off of an RBI by center fielder Matt Donovan. Serafini led the Pioneers with two hits. 

Jordan Gonzalez started the game for the Pioneers on the mound and allowed six hits in five innings pitched. Davis Miller pitched all nine innings for the Loggers to record his second win of the season. 

Key Moments

After capitalizing off of a couple of sacrifice flies early on in the game the Loggers entered the sixth inning up by three against the Pioneers. A single by Mason Quinlan followed by a hit batter and another single from the Logger's Hunter Riley loaded the bases with no outs on the board. The Pioneers then sent in Max Haddad to relieve Gonzalez on the mound. On the next pitch the Loggers Ricardo Barraza sent a hard ground ball to the Pioneers' second basemen Tyler Gannon who bobbled it. Attempting to get the out at home Gannon overthrew it allowing the Loggers to score two. 

The Pioneers finally gained some momentum in the eighth inning after Serafini sent a long ball down the left field line for a double. Donovan followed that up with single to bring Serafini home and give the Pioneers their first run of the game. Donovan was ultimately left on base though with Cole Petters striking out swinging to end the eighth inning.

Deeper Look

  • The Loggers earned three of their seven runs on sacrifice flies
  • Brian Tatman had two strikeouts in just one inning pitched
  • Justin Katona recorded a stolen base, his second of the season
  • The Pioneers' four hits ties their lowest hitting total in a game this season
  • Sam Helms recorded his fifth double of the season 

Game 2

The Lewis & Clark Pioneers were unable to come back from a slow start and dropped their second game of the day to the Loggers. The Pioneers allowed 11 runs in the second inning and eight in the ninth to fall 27-10. After struggling to make contact with the ball in the first game of the doubleheader the Pioneers found more success on offense earning 10 hits in the game but struggled on defense allowing 27 hits and recording three errors. Matt Donovan recorded his third home run of the season and led the Pioneers with three hits and four RBIs.

Dominic Monozon started the game for the Pioneers on the mound and allowed five hits and eight runs while recording one strikeout in 1.1 innings pitched. The Pioneers used eight pitchers in the course of nine innings. 


Key Moments

After a scoreless first inning, the Loggers kicked off the second with a single and then two subsequent walks to load the bases with no outs. The Logger's Jack Griese then sent a pop-up to center fielder Donovan who earned the out and held the runner at third to keep the game scoreless. On the next play, Puget Sound's Jake Briscoe found a gap in right center to score two. Back-to-back singles by the Loggers scored another two runs giving the away team a 4-0 advantage. Another walk allowed the Loggers to load the bases yet again and a double from Hunter Riley scored another two, forcing the Pioneers into a pitching change. The Loggers would earn four more hits in the inning to bring them to 11 hits total and give them an 11-0 lead. 

Trailing 13-1 going into the bottom of the fourth inning the Pioneers' bats started the wake-up. Jack Thomson singled to right center field and Joey Oda reached on an error as Donovan came up to bat. Donovan sent a long shot over the left-center wall for his third home run of the season. The Pioneers then followed their three-run fourth inning with a four-run fifth inning featuring double from Thomson and Donovan to cut the lead to seven. 

Deeper Look

  • Donovan had two doubles, a home run and four RBIs. He leads the Pioneers in home runs (3), doubles (8), and total RBIs (16)
  • The Pioneers played eight pitchers over nine innings
  • The Loggers totaled a season-high 27 hits which beats their previous season-high by 15 
  • Thomson had a career-high four hits putting his season total at 19
  • The Pioneers had 11 hits which is their seventh game this season with double-digit hits
  • The Pioneers left nine runners on base compared to the Loggers 12

Looking Ahead

The Pioneers complete their season series against the Loggers tomorrow at 12 p.m.

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