PORTLAND, Ore. -- The Lewis & Clark Pioneers lost their opener on Saturday after a two-hour rain delay. The Pios fell 8-4 to the Whitworth Pirates.
The Pios (9-23, 4-15 NWC) scored three runs in the fifth inning to close the game to within two. Justin Katona started the inning with a leadoff single, and two batters later, Tyler Gannon hit a single to load the bases. Serafini walked in a run, a balk by pitcher Austin Rice led to another before Matt Donovan scored on Cooper Larson's strikeout.
In the ninth inning, Serafini hit an RBI single to score Cole Petters.
Jordan Gonzalez (1-6) started the game and allowed two earned runs on eight hits with a strikeout. Travis Benham replaced Baker and threw the final two innings. He allowed three runs on three hits with a strikeout.
- Donovan hit the 43rd double of his career and sits two behind the all-time school record.
- Serafini's two RBI give him his second multi-RBI game of the season
- Katona finished 3 for 4 and was caught stealing; it is his sixth multi-hit game of the season
- Whitworth improved to 18-11 overall and 15-4 in Northwest Conference games
Lewis & Clark will host Whitworth for a doubleheader on Sunday beginning at 11 a.m. The Pios' seniors will be recognized before the game.