PORTLAND, Ore. -- Robert Reaser didn't allow a hit until the top of the sixth inning to help the Lewis & Clark Pioneers to a 3-2 victory in the first of two with the Puget Sound Loggers on Wednesday afternoon.
Playing at Concordia University's Porter Park, Reaser threw a complete game to improve to 2-3 on the season. The sophomore gave up two runs on six hits with eight strikeouts, as the Pioneers built a 2-0 lead through five innings.
"My stuff was feeling on today and I just wanted to get something done for my team," said Reaser, who threw over 130 pitches. Both of his wins have come against the Loggers, as the Pios claimed the Northwest Conference season series against Puget Sound.
Puget Sound answered with two runs in the top of the sixth to tie the game. James Dejesus brought in Nolan Wiler on a fielder's choice before Ian Hughes hit a RBI single. Eric Crispell (1-1) took the loss after five innings with three runs allowed.
The defense by Lewis & Clark was key for Reaser as well, as the Pios put together four 1-2-3 defensive innings including getting a putout on a throw from right fielder Sean Shepherd to Connor Eggleston at third base and then to Conner Sick at second to end Puget Sound's seventh inning.
A strong, early pitching performance, including seven innings with one earned run by starter Andrew Yarak, took a rough turn late as the Pios lost 7-6 in the finale. Puget Sound scored three runs in the top of the ninth to complete a comeback.
Yarak finished with five strikeouts and four runs allowed. After Nat Richman threw a scoreless eighth inning, Connor Eggleston (1-2) allowed three runs without recording an out in the ninth inning for his second loss of the season. Jeramy Albert finished the inning by getting the final three outs on one hit.
Lewis & Clark travels to Whitman for a non-Northwest Conference game on Thursday. Robert Reaser says the team has the pitching needed to close out games the rest of the way.
"We're just grinders," said Reaser. "We just keep going at it no matter what. The end tonight was an off night and those same guys have come in and shut it down for us before.
"We're just staying on plan and keep doing what we're doing. Pitching really well as a staff."
Following Thursday's single game with Whitman, Lewis & Clark plays a four-game set at Whitworth before returning home to host Whitman in the team's final home games.