McMINNVILLE, Ore. -- The Lewis & Clark Pioneers won their third-straight Northwest Conference game with a 3-2 win at the Linfield Wildcats on Saturday at Roy Helser Field.
Jordan Gonzalez (1-5) won his first collegiate game over 6 2/3 innings in which he allowed two runs. Robert Reaser and Austin Conniff combined for just over two innings of scoreless relief and Conniff earned the save, his fourth.
Matt Donovan scored on a bases-loaded walk to Jack Thomson, and Cole Petters and Tyler Gannon scored on errors during at-bats by Jacob Serafini and Cooper Larson to give the Pios a 3-0 lead after two. Thomson's RBI was the only for the Pios in the game.
Serafini finished the game 3 for 5 from the plate, his second three-hit game this season. Larson had a stolen base, his second of the season.
In addition to three 1-2-3 innings, the Lewis & Clark defense stranded Linfield base runners at key times. With two on and one out, Linfield scored one run before back-to-back outs to strand one in the third. The Pios forced the Wildcats to strand two in each of the sixth, seventh and eighth innings.
- Serafini had his first multi-hit game since Mar. 26 at Pacific
- Gonzalez's start is his third straight in which he's allowed three earned runs or fewer and his fifth total
- After four straight games without an RBI, Thomson now has at least one in three of his last four games
- Conniff is tied for second in the NWC with four saves and is now one shy of tying the Lewis & Clark career record
- Justin Katona also had a hit
- The Pioneers were held without an extra-base hit for just the second time in a NWC game
- Lewis & Clark won its final two games at Pacific Lutheran in the last road series that counted in the NWC standings
In a game that saw four of the game's seven runs scored in the final two innings, the Pioneers (8-22, 3-14 NWC) came out on the wrong end, 4-3, against Linfield in the day's finale.
Larson hit a two-run double in the eighth inning to give the Pioneers a 3-2 lead. Donovan had put the Pios ahead 1-0 in the first inning when he scored on a wild pitch.
Linfield (5-22, 3-17 NWC) scored a run in each the eighth and ninth innings to get the win. Kurt Potter and Tanner Earhart had RBI singles, respectively, to get the walk off.
Dominic Monozon pitched seventh innings, struck out four and allowed one earned run in the start. Conniff took the loss after allowing the walk-off run in the ninth. He pitched 1 2/3 innings and allowed one earned run. Max Haddad faced two batters without recording an out in-between.
- Larson (2 for 4) and Donovan (2 for 3) each had their 11th multi-hit game of the season
- Larson's multiple RBI gave him his fourth game with more than one this season, second only to Donovan's six and tied with Thomson
- Donovan is on a season-high 11-game hitting streak
- Monozon registered his fourth game this season pitching at least seven innings
- Ryan Ericksen was caught stealing, his second time in three attempts this season
The series wraps up on Sunday beginning at noon.