PORTLAND, Ore. - The Lewis & Clark softball team opened the 2013 season with a new attitude, taking down Walla Walla in dominant fashion. The Pioneers defeated the Wolves 21-0, out hitting their competition 22-1.
Senior Natalie Rose led the Pioneer defense through three innings, striking out seven of the 10 batters she faced. Freshman Jill Pinder took the mound after Rose in the fourth and struck out three batters in her first appearance of her career.
The Pioneer offense was just as solid as their defense with everyone who saw action contributing. The team plated seven runs on seven hits in the bottom of the first inning with two Pios homering. Senior Jet'aime Mullins hit the first homerun of the game, driving in Hannah Dal Pra and Caitlin McCormick. Newcomer Kataleya Milan hit the second homerun of the day in her first collegiate at bat. The Milan homerun capped off the scoring in the first inning.
After quickly retiring the side in the second, the Pioneers went straight back to work at the plate. Like the first inning, the Pioneers plated a run for every hit they had. The second inning saw 10 runs score and two more homeruns. Amanda Rabith cleared the bases with a three run homerun, bringing in Rose and McCormick. The Pioneers quickly put runners back on base, setting up a Dal Pra grand slam. The freshman second baseman took the Walla Walla pitcher deep over the fence in left field, picking up Taylor Gatti, Hayley Robinson and Milan in the process.
The Wolves switched pitchers in the end of the second inning, but the Pioneers were undetered, scoring two more runs in the third and fourth innings. Dal Pra flied out to center field in the third, allowing Milan to tag up at third and score. Senior Megan Andre got into the action moments later with an RBI single up the middle that scored freshman Mariah Lindberg.
Robinson brought in the final two runs of the game in the bottom of the fourth with a triple down the right field line.
Milan ended the day 4-for-4 from the plate, while scoring four times and driving in two runs. Dal Pra ended 3-for-3 with six RBI's.
The Pioneers return to action on Sunday, Feb. 10 at 12 p.m. for a rematch against Walla Walla.