Boxers sweep Lewis and Clark, move into 2nd
Pacific allows just one run in a three-game sweep of the Pioneers in Northwest Conference play
Chad Fahey threw his second straight complete game shutout Sunday, leading Pacific to a three-game sweep of Lewis and Clark with a 2-0 victory over the Pioneers in Northwest Conference baseball action at Chuck Bafaro Stadium.
Fahey scattered six hits while striking out a season-high 11 batters to improve to 3-1 on the year. He allowed just one runner past second base for the second straight start and now owns a streak of 18 consecutive scoreless innings.
The victory capped an impressive series sweep where the Boxers seemed to control every aspect of the game. In the three-game set, Pacific out-scored the Pioneers 24-1 and outhit the visitors 34-17.
Even more impressive is the fact that the sweep moves Pacific into sole possession of second place in the NWC standings at 7-2 (10-9 overall). The Boxers trail league leader Whitworth and sit a game ahead of third-place Linfield.
Sunday's win came on the heels of 16-1 and 6-0 victories in a Saturday doubleheader.
Rob Dittrick hurled seven innings of near perfect baseball in the opener, allowing just one hit while striking out seven to earn his fourth win of the season. Dittrick faced two batters over the minimum and at one point retired 12 straight Lewis and Clark batters.
Kevin Schwartz and Fahey powered the Pacific offense with three hits apiece, and Michael Arakaki drove in three runs while Schwartz, Nick Tasaka, Jared Van Hoon and Nate Rasmussen all finished with two RBIs.
In the nightcap, Mike McGuire earned his first win of the season, allowing four hits and a walk while striking out three in six innings to lead the Boxers to a 6-0 shutout of the Pioneers (which was completed on Sunday due to rain).