PORTLAND, Ore. - The Lewis & Clark softball team defeated Walla Walla University for the second time this season on Sunday morning at the Huston Sports Complex. Similarly to their first meeting, it took the Pioneers just five innings to defeat the Wolves, this time winning 10-2.
Hallie Knife picked up her first win of the season after three innings of work. During her time on the mound, Knife struck out four batters while walking one. Mariah Lindberg closed out the final two innings for the Pios.
Knife made quick work of Walla Walla in the top half of the second inning, sending an explosive Pioneer offense to the plate. Gatti helped bring in the first run of the inning with a slow roller to the first baseman. The Walla Walla first baseman opted to go for the force out at home but was unable to gun down Lauren Lovato. Dal Pra followed Gatti with a single to right field, allowing Megan Andre to come home.
Mullins singled to third base on the next at bat, driving in Robinson. Gatti also came around to score on the play courtesy of a Walla Walla throwing error. A sacrifice fly to right field by Amanda Rabith was deep enough to allow Dal Pra to tag up and score.
Three more Pioneer runs came across in the following inning. The scoring started with a well placed bunt my Robinson that left the Walla Walla pitcher with nowhere to go, allowing Lovato to cross the plate. Mullins collected another single, this time down the left field line, sending Andre and Robinson around the bases.
Down 10-0, Walla Walla's Karly Joseph ended the shutout with a two-run homerun over dead center.
The Pioneers will take on Lower Columbia College later in the day in an exhibition game.