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Colyer breaks home run record, Boxers beat Lewis and Clark to stay in playoff hunt

Pacific has a new single-season home run king.

Senior C.J. Colyer hit his 18th, 19th and 20th home runs on Sunday afternoon to lead the Boxers to 10-3 and 18-7 victories over Lewis & Clark.

With the two wins, Pacific improved to 12-11 in the Northwest Conference and remained in the hunt for a spot in next weekend’s four-team conference tournament.

“I was just trying to help the team and if that’s what it takes, then that’s what it takes,” said Colyer, who finished 6-for-9 with a double, three home runs, five runs and six RBIs over the two games. “Senior day definitely helped, having the family and having the fans here. It was a different atmosphere.”

After hitting two home runs in game one to tie former teammate Isaac Lovings’ With a record set last season, Colyer set the new milestone with a solo home run to left field in the bottom of the fourth inning of game two, giving the Boxers a 7-3 lead.

“They threw me the whole sink in the kitchen and I just tried to catch as much barrel as I could,” Colyer said. “Knowing it was Isaac who had it and just trying to beat a friend was fun.”

After a single to left field to start the bottom of the sixth, Colyer stole second and third for his 19th and 20th stolen bases of the season.

Game 1

Colyer’s first home run, a three-run shot to center field, gave Pacific a 6-3 lead in the bottom of the fourth inning.

Ty Yukumoto went 2-for-4 with a double, stolen base, two runs and two RBIs. Hunter Zielasko went 2-for-3 with a run and an RBI. Elijah Gonzales went 1-for-2 with a double, two walks and scored two runs.

Davis Koester pitched three scoreless innings in relief to get the win. William Merriott shut out the Pioneers over the final four innings and recorded eight strikeouts to earn the save.

Game 2

Pacific scored five runs in the bottom of the third inning to take control of game two.

Gonzales went 3-for-4 with two doubles, a stolen base, four runs and two RBIs. Yukumoto went 3-for-5 with two RBI’s.

Matt Gibbs went 2-for-4 with a walk, a double, two runs and two RBIs. Walker Matthews went 2-for-5 with a double, two runs and an RBI.

In his first start since March 28 as a senior Will Clark allowed one run over 2 1/3 innings. Chance Wallacemaking only his second appearance since March 29, pitched a scoreless ninth, striking out all three batters, to finish off Lewis & Clark.

The Boxers then close the regular season against Lewis & Clark on Monday at 4 p.m., with a win needed to advance to the Northwest Conference tournament.

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