Late run by Blues and big innings by Boxers keep Pioneers winless

Late run by Blues and big innings by Boxers keep Pioneers winless

FOREST GROVE, Ore. -- The Lewis & Clark Pioneers entered the top of the ninth up by two runs but a two-out rally by the Whitman Blues pushed the game into the bottom of the ninth with the Pioneers down by two. The Pioneers could not make up the deficit losing 6-4. 

The Pioneers offense was led by Cooper Larson who had three of the team's nine hits and scored three of the team's four runs. Sam Helms and Cole Petters each had an RBI apiece. Andrew Yarak pitched seven innings and allowed four hits while striking out five.

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Key Moments

The Pioneers struck first out of the gate with a run in the bottom of the first. With two outs Larson sent one to center field for a single bringing up clean-up hitter Helms. Helms sailed a long shot to the left-center wall for his first career triple to score Larson. The Pioneers had a great chance to extend their lead in the bottom of the second after Jacob Serafini was hit by a pitch to load the bases with two outs but Joey Oda hit a high fly ball that was caught by the right fielder to end the inning with the Pios leading 1-0.

The Pioneers capitalized multiple times on errors by the Blues. In the third inning, the Blues pitcher attempted to throw down Helms at first but the ball sailed past the first baseman allowing Helms to advance all the way to third. A subsequent pitching error then allowed Helms a free pass home giving the Pioneers their second run of the game. In the fifth inning, a wild pitch allowed Larson to steal third and then the attempted throw down by the catcher sailed over the third baseman's head allowing Larson to score. 

With a two-out, bases loaded situation in the eighth inning Nat Richman came into pitch, replacing Isaac Blake, and struck out the next batter to end the inning allowing the Pioneers to take a two-run lead into the final inning. Again in the ninth inning, the Pioneers faced a bases-loaded situation. Whitman's David Johnson sent a line drive single to left field to score two and tie the game followed by Jake Wishart who sent a long shot over center fielder Matt Donovan's head to score another two allowing the Blues to take a 6-4 lead into the bottom of the ninth.

Deeper Look

  • Yarak threw 71 strikes out of 116 total pitches and allowed two runs
  • Helms had his first career triple and the Pioneers first triple this season
  • Yarak, Richman and Blake combined for 10 strikeouts 
  • The Pioneers left 10 runners on base compared to Whitman's 11
  • The Blues and the Pioneers each had nine hits 

Game 2

The Lewis & Clark Pioneers were unable to come back from two big innings by the Pacific Boxers to drop their second game of the day 9-2. The Pioneers and Boxers each had nine hits but a four-run second inning and a five-run sixth inning for Pacific allowed the Boxers to pull away with the game.

Ryan Ericksen led the Pioneers with two hits and an RBI. Jack Thomson had the Pioneers other RBI. Robert Reaser led the Pioneers defensive efforts pitching five innings and totaling 10 strikeouts. 

Offensively the Boxers were led by Derek Legeza who had two hits and two RBIs in three at-bats. Pacific's Sam Lawrence led the team defensively pitching seven innings and allowing seven runs while totaling eight strikeouts.

Key Moments

With the game tied going into the bottom of the second Reaser walked the Boxers lead-off batter. Pacific's Jacob Igawa then hit a line drive to center field for the first double of the game allowing Pacific's Trevor Quinn to advance to third and give the home team two runners in scoring position. Another walked batter gave Pacific a bases-loaded situation with no outs. Legaza then stepped up to the plate and sent a long shot down the right field line to score Quinn and Igawa and give the Boxers a 2-0 lead. Pacific's Chase Anderson then singled to put an additional two runs on the board. 

The Pioneers responded with two runs of their own in the fifth inning. Ericksen came to the plate with Matt Donovan in scoring position and Cole Petters on first. Ericksen sailed one between left and center field for his first double of the season to score Donovan and move Petters to third. Petters then scored off of a ground ball from Thomson to cut the Boxers lead to two. The Boxers secured the game thought with a five-run performance in the bottom of the sixth inning to take the game 9-2. 

Deeper Look

  • Freshman Thomson has had an RBI in each of the four games that he has played
  • Ericksen had a season-high two hits and his first double of the season and second double of his career
  • Travis Benham made his collegiate debut coming in to relieve Nathan Klein. Benham allowed one hit in six batters faced.
  • Mike Machado had his first hit of his collegiate career while Dominic Monozon had his first hit of the season
  • The Pioneers had a season-high three doubles
  • Reaser, Brian Tatman and Dylan Moore combined for 14 strikeouts which is the most by the Pioneers pitching staff this season


Looking Ahead

The Pioneers have their home opener next weekend (Feb. 23-24) against the Pacific Boxers. Saturday will be a doubleheader with games at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. with another game on Sunday at 12 p.m.

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