CLAREMONT, Calif. - The Lewis & Clark women's softball team started off its trip to California with a split doubleheader against the Pomona-Pitzer Sagehens. The Pioneers lost the first game, 8-6, but came back to get the win in the second game, 6-4.
The Pioneers started off strong in the first game, scoring three runs in the first inning. Haley Robinson scored first, coming in due to an error by the Pomona-Pitzer shortstop. Kataleya Milan gained an RBI, bringing in Taylor Gatti on a single up the middle, and Amanda Rabith was brought in by a Pomona-Pitzer wild pitch.
The Sagehens closed the gap in the bottom of the second inning, scoring two runs. Lewis & Clark came back in the top of the fourth with another run, with Hannah Dal Pra coming in from a double off the bat of Rabith.
In the fifth inning, Pomona-Pitzer pulled ahead, scoring three runs by a with a home run by Leah Bleichner. The Sagehens cemented their lead in the bottom of the sixth, again scoring three runs in the inning.
The Pioneers gained momentum for a comeback, but fell short, only able to score two runs in the seventh inning. These runs came from a homer by Jet'aime Mullins, bringing in Dal Pra.
In the second game, the Pioneers again scored first, in the second inning, with Natalie Rose scoring on a wild pitch. Pomona-Pitzer tied the score in the bottom of the third, with Caitlyn Hynes bringing in teammate Aryana Yee.
Pomona-Pitzer took a decisive lead, scoring one run in the third, and three runs in the fourth. The Pioneers responded by chipping away at the lead, gaining a run in the fifth and a run in the sixth inning. These scores came from Caitlin McCormick bringing in Lauren Lovato in the fifth, and Maddie Lee coming in from Lovato's double in the sixth.
In the seventh, Lewis & Clark sealed its win with three runs, Robinson scoring from Dal Pra's single, Kelsey Buck coming in from Mullins' single, and Lovato bringing in Dal Pra.
Lovato and Robinson both ended the game with three hits apiece, and Lovato picked up two RBI. Jill Pinder earned the win for the Pioneers, pitching 3.2 innings before being relieved by Rose.
The Pioneers continue their games in California, tomorrow, Feb. 16th, playing a doubleheader against Hope International at 12 and 2 p.m.