PORTLAND, Ore. -- The Lewis & Clark Pioneers were defeated by the Puget Sound Loggers in a 7-4 loss. The Pioneers were down early in the second inning, and they tried to make a comeback in the ninth. The Pioneers fell short of three runs in the end with a two run ninth inning.
The Pioneers pitchers struck out a total of eight Loggers while the Pioneers only had eight batters that struck out at the plate. Although, the Pioneers left eight runners on base, and both pitchers allowed two home runs for the Loggers.
In the bottom of the fifth inning, Justin Katona started the Pioneers off strong with a double to the right field. Soon after, Katona advanced to third when Cole Petters singled. With this Joey Oda had a sacrifice blunt to allow Katona to score, and this also lead Petters to advance. An error by the Loggers put Matt Donovan on first while putting Petters on third. Jacob Serafini had a sacrifice fly that brought Petters in to help put the Pioneers back in the game. At the end of the inning, the Pioneers were down with a score of 3-2.
In bottom of the ninth, the Pioneers started the inning being down 7-2, but they tried to make a quick comeback in the end. There was already an out when Petters hit a homerun to bring in both himself and Michael Contreras, who was a pinch runner for Zack Kon. Kon got on base with a single. Petters homerun brought scored two runs to get the Pioneers back in the game. Unfortunately, the Pioneers had two quick outs soon after to end in the game in the favor of the Loggers.
- Serafini got his 16th career RBI
- Petters got his first homerun as a Pio
- Andrew Yarak earned a 0-4 loss
- Yarak earned his 100th career strikeout
The Pioneers continue conference play on the road against Pacific (Ore.) on Mar. 26 at 6 p.m.