Seven-run inning propels Pios to split on first day in Arizona

Seven-run inning propels Pios to split on first day in Arizona

TUCSON, Ariz. -- In the first day of three at the Tucson Invitational, the Lewis & Clark Pioneers used a big seventh inning to win their second game against the Wabash Little Giants, 10-4, at the Kino Sports Complex.

Akira Abderrahman hit his second home run of the season, a three-run shot, to start the scoring in the fifth inning and break a 3-3 tie. Fellow senior Nick Lockwood followed with a RBI triple before a RBI single by Kellen Ochi and Matt Donovan's sacrifice fly that gave Lewis & Clark a 10-3 lead.

Jacob Burton put the Pios on the board in the second with a two-run single followed by an Ochi sacrifice fly. Lewis & Clark led 3-1 after two innings.

Andrew Yarak pitched 6 2/3 innings to get the win before Austin Conniff came on in relief. Yarak exited with the bases loaded in the seventh inning and Sean Shepherd made a diving catch at the foul line in right field to get the final out to prevent any runs by Wabash.

Game 1

Ryan Ericksen had a RBI single and Matt Donovan scored on an error to even the game in the fifth, but the Wabash Little Giants pulled ahead late as the Lewis & Clark Pioneers lost their first game, 4-2.

Ericksen's base hit scored Tommy Massari before Sean Shepherd reached on an error to score Donovan to tie the game, 2-2, in the fifth inning.

Wabash hit a two-run bloop single to shallow center field to score two runs and take the lead in the seventh inning.

Robert Reaser gave up three hits to the first three Wabash batters before allowing none until the seventh. Ericksen, who was at catcher, threw two out Wabash attempted steals.

Ben Beck went 3 for 3 from the plate for Lewis & Clark.

The Pioneers play a doubleheader against Macalester on Saturday.

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Box scores from the Tucson Invitational will be available at a later date

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