Boxers back on winning track
BASEBALL: Pacific sweeps Lewis and Clark to end a 10-game losing streak in conference play
Pacific came from behind twice on Friday to sweep a baseball doubleheader from Lewis and Clark and snap a 10-game losing streak in Northwest Conference play.
Pacific (10-18, 4-10) had dropped its first 10 conference games this year before stunning Lewis and Clark on Friday with comeback wins in both ends of a doubleheader. The Boxers trailed by three runs in Game 1 but staged an eighth-inning rally to win 8-6. In Game 2, Pacific once again found itself trailing in the late innings, but a Nick McNeely two-run home run in the eighth lifted the Boxers to a 5-3 win.
Lewis and Clark took a three-run lead in the sixth inning of Game 1 on a pair of solo home runs from Greg Williams and A.J. Brown. Pacific answered in the eighth, however, with a four-run rally to go ahead 6-5. Lewis and Clark starting pitcher Eric Muraoka opened the inning with a walk and two hit batters. Charles Shapiro and Scott Yasumoto got things going for Pacific with a pair of bases-loaded walks, and two fielder's choices brought in the other two runs.
The Boxers tacked on a pair of insurance runs in the top of the ninth on RBI doubles by Nick McNeely and Yasumoto. Andrew Curtin got the win for Pacific with three innings of strong relief. Kyle Barksdale earned the save.
In Game 2, Lewis and Clark opened a 3-1 lead on Brown's second home run of the day and RBI singles from Brown and Corey Lowell. Pacific pulled within one in the sixth when Ryan Bailey scored from third on a double steal.
McNeely gave Pacific the lead for good when he crushed a ball over the scoreboard in right-center field with a runner aboard in the eighth. The Boxers would get two more runs in the inning, one courtesy of an RBI single by Brandon Kon.
Sean Dickey earned his first win of the season, allowing two runs in 5 2/3 innings. Barksdale picked up his second save of the day and third of the season.
Pacific will host Simpson (Calif.) in a non-conference game on Friday, followed by a three-game weekend series against perennial Northwest Conference powerhouse George Fox. The teams will play a doubleheader on Saturday and a single game on Sunday.