PORTLAND, Ore. - Andrew Traver went 3-for-4 with two home runs, including a grand slam, and six RBIs, leading the Lewis & Clark College Pioneers to their first win of the season, an 8-3 romp over the visiting George Fox University Bruins, in Northwest Conference baseball action Sunday afternoon here at the Huston Sports Complex.
Lewis & Clark jumped on Bruin right-hander Tom Zarosinski (1-2) in the home half of the 1st. Geoff Wertz beat out a single, a topped roller up the third base line, and went to second when Zarosinski throw the ball away at first. Two ground outs, the second by Michael Ball, scored Wertz. Consecutive singles by Corey Davis, Nick Lavin, and Mike Kinkenon scored another.
George Fox got one run back in the 2nd on a single by Timothy Williams, a stolen base, and an RBI single by Zac Israel. In the L&C 3rd, after the Pios loaded the bases on a single by Ball, a walk to Davis, and a single by Kinkenon, Traver unloaded them with an opposite-field shot to right, his second home run of the series and third of the season. He hit yet another in the 6th, a two-run drive to right-center with Kinkenon aboard on an error, for the final Pioneer runs.
The Bruins picked up a run in the 6th when Jared Chase singled, stole second, went to third on a bad relay throw after a foul out to right, and scored on a Josh Rapacz single. Their final run came in the 9th on Nick Benish's first home run in college, a opposite-field line drive just inside the right-field foul pole.
Ball (1-4) went the distance for the Pios, scattering 10 hits with six strikeouts and no walks. Zarosinski struck out five and walked one, the only walk allowed by Bruin hurlers in the series, but was touched for seven of the Pios' nine hits in only 3.0 innings.
Rapacz, Benish, and Israel had two hits apiece for the Bruins. Kinkenon joined Traver in the multi-hit show for the Pios with a pair of singles.
NEXT: George Fox (6-9, NWC 2-1) hosts Pacific University for a three-game conference series next weekend, with a doubleheader on Saturday at 11:00 a.m. and a single on Sunday at 12:00 noon. However, due to extremely wet conditions in the Bruins' Morse Field outfield, the games may be moved elsewhere ... Lewis & Clark (1-13, NWC 1-5) plays four games in Phoenix, Ariz., next weekend, starting with a doubleheader against St. Mary's College of Minnesota Saturday at 8:00 a.m. Mountain time.