A solid combination of pitching and hitting sparked the Pacific University baseball team to a doubleheader sweep over Lewis & Clark on Saturday afternoon. The Boxers (11-12, 6-11 NWC) blanked the Pios (4-18, 3-9 NWC), 4-0 and 10-0 respectively.
Starting pitchers Spencer Backstrom (Bellingham, Wash.) in game one and Paul Wolfram (Las Vegas, Nev.) not only kept Lewis & Clark off the scoreboard but held the to two and one hits, respectively. Backstrom pitched six innings of two-hit baseball and struck out nine to improve to 3-1 in the opener. Wolfram, in a complete game, limited the Pios to a second inning single and struck out a career-high 10 batters to even his record at 3-3.
In game two, the offense for Pacific exploded for six runs in the sixth inning en route to the 10-0 win. Three of the six came in on a bases-clearing triple by Wright. They added another on a sacrifice fly by Keithly and two more on an Eli Wisdom (La Grande, Ore.) single for the 6-0 lead. They picked up another run in the seventh to stretch the lead to 7-0. The Boxers, in the eighth, the Boxers scored three more runs on a pair of hits, capitalizing on a pair of Lewis & Clark errors.
Wisdom led the Boxers with a pair of hits and RBI, Wright had a hit and three RBI and Kloke had a hit, scored two runs and had two RBI. All the offensive production gave support to Wolfram, who limited L&C to one hit and just two base runners as he faced 29 batters in the win.
The Boxers look to complete the series sweep of Lewis & Clark on Sunday at noon at Porter Park on the campus of Concordia University.
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