By Rocky McNeff /// Sports Editor
The Lewis & Clark men’s baseball team took on Whitworth University on March 28 and March 29 after their return from the Tucson Invitational in Arizona.
Ryan Strombom (’15) started off the first game pitching for four innings and striking out four of his opponents. Those first four innings included the Pioneer’s first run of the game against Whitworth’s eight. The rest of the game followed suit with the Pirates scoring in almost each inning and only allowing four runs from LC. The first game ended 16-4 in favor of Whitworth. EJ Hand (’15) led the team in that first game with three hits in four at bats. Hand also collected two RBI’s out of the team’s four.
LC held the Pirates to a five run lead in the second game which ended in a 5-0 Pioneer loss. Pitcher John Trupin (’16) faced 41 batters, struck out four and was the force behind the five run maximum. The Pioneers stepped their game up after the first game and came through strong with seven total hits, with Bradley Lezak (’16) leading with two, comparable to Whitworth’s eleven hits.
The third game did not fare any better for the Pioneers but improvement on the orange and black side was evident after the 5-2 loss. With two losses under their belt, LC came out with drive to prove to the Pirates that they could hold their own. Alex Heimbrodt (’15) was at the helm holding down the mound while facing 39 batters and striking out four. Heimbrodt only allowed five hits from his opponents which LC squandered with eight total hits. Connor Eggleston (’18) and Tommy Massari (’17) brought in runs for the team while Hand and Massari both led the team with two hits each.
The Pioneers are currently 2-13 in the Northwest Conference and have three more conference series in their season.
LC will play Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington on Apr. 3 and Apr. 4.