Among the NWC leaders in batting average, Pios put up 15 hits to beat Loggers

Among the NWC leaders in batting average, Pios put up 15 hits to beat Loggers

PORTLAND, Ore. -- The Lewis & Clark Pioneers had three players tally three hits apiece and used home runs from Tommy Massari and Sean Shepherd in a 7-3 win over the Puget Sound Loggers on Sunday afternoon at the Huston Sports Complex.

The teams were able to get in one game after Saturday's doubleheader was postponed because of weather and field concerns.

Starting pitcher Robert Reaser threw six innings and stayed steady after allowing a home run by Puget Sound's Nolan Wiler in the third inning. Reaser allowed four hits and two runs with five strikeouts and four walks.

"He's been excellent all year," said senior Conner Sick about Reaser. "When he's in the zone, people haven't been touching him. He eliminates hard contact and gives you a chance to win the game."

The Pioneers (3-7; 3-4 NWC) gave him run support, too, scoring four runs after the Loggers' home run. After RBI by Sick and Akira Abderrahman, Nick Lockwood hit a two-RBI double into left field. Sick and Lockwood, along with Shepherd, had three hits each in the game.

Massari hit his two-run home run in the bottom of the fifth, adding to his strong start at the plate. The blast was Masarri's second of the year and third extra-base hit.

"Umpire wasn't calling anything on the outside, [the pitcher] was coming inside, connected well," said Massari, who is hitting .382 this season. "Felt pretty good, especially with a guy on base to extend the lead.

"It doesn't go without earning it. It's just a byproduct of working hard."

Lewis & Clark's 15 hits against Puget Sound is the sixth time in 10 games this season in which the Pioneers have tallied double-digit hits. As a result, the Pios are nearly leading the Northwest Conference in team batting average - at .310, they're in a virtual tie with Linfield, which is hitting .311 - with Shepherd leading the conference individually followed by Lockwood and Matt Donovan in the top four.

"Hard work. Being prepared," said Sick about why the team is having early-season success. "We are more prepared than any team in the league when it comes to getting our swings in. We're just looking for a pitch that we can do something with."

Sick led the team in average last season with a .373 average.

Andrew Yarak earned his first career save after throwing the final three innings without allowing a hit or an earned run. He struck out three. Joshua Zavis took the loss after 4 1/3 innings with seven hits and six runs given up. Wiler had two hits to lead the Loggers offensively.

After Saturday's delay, the teams were hoping to get two games in on Sunday, but poor field conditions pushed the start of the first game back an hour, almost surely eliminating a chance at a second game. The rest of the series with Puget Sound (5-8; 1-3 NWC) will be made up at a later date.

Lewis & Clark travels to Arizona this weekend for games against Wabash, Macalester and a yet-to-be-determined opponent.

Other Northwest Conference Scores - Sunday

Centre 10, Whitman 7
Willamette 6, Whitworth 3
Pacific Lutheran 9, Linfield 4 (F/8 inn.)
George Fox 6, Pacific 2
Whitman 11, Centre 5
George Fox 10, Pacific 9 (F/12 inn.)

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UPDATE: An original version of this story was published showing Lewis & Clark atop the Northwest Conference in batting average. Through games played by Mar. 6, Lewis & Clark ranks second in batting average (.310).