FOREST GROVE, Ore. -- The Lewis & Clark Pioneers took down the Pacific Boxers in a low scoring game after Cooper Larson singled in the top of the seventh to put two runs on the board. The Boxers responded with a run of their own in the bottom of the seventh but the Pioneers shut them down the rest of the way to take the game 2-1. This is the Pioneers first win against the Boxers this season.
Larson and Jacob Serafini led the Pioneers with two hits apiece while Serafini earned his eighth double of the season. Robert Reaser started the game on the mound for the Pioneers pitching three and two-thirds innings while earning five strikeouts and only allowing two hits. Nat Richman came in to relieve Reaser earning five strikeouts in two and two-thirds innings pitched. Richman earned his second win of the season while Austin Conniff came in to earn his third save of the season.
After six scoreless innings, the Pioneers started the top of the seventh with Ryan Ericksen earning a walk to put one runner on base. Tyler Gannon followed up with a sacrifice bunt to advance Ericksen into scoring position. The Boxers intentionally walked one of the Pioneers best hitters, Matt Donovon to put two runners on base with only one out. A long ball by Serafini to left center was snagged to put two outs on the board and bring up the Larson, who has the second-best batting average on the team. Larson found a gap in right-center to score Ericksen and Donovon and give the Pioneers a 2-0 lead.
- This is the Pioneers first win against Pacific since last season when they shut out the Boxers 7-0
- With his double Serafini moves into a tie for first on the team in doubles this season (8), along with Donovon
- The Pioneers left 12 runners on base compared to Pacific's 11
- Richman had a season-high five strikeouts and is first on the team in wins with two
- The Pioneers pitched a season-high 14 strikeouts across four different pitchers
- Jack Thomson was left on base a team-high four times
- While Pacific is a conference opponent this was a non-conference game as the Pioneers already played their conference series against Pacific earlier this season, losing the series three games to none
The Pioneers play another non-conference game against conference opponent George Fox tomorrow, Mar. 27 at 3 p.m.