PORTLAND, Ore. - The Lewis & Clark softball team put together two strong offensive efforts on Saturday afternoon in its Northwest Conference opening series against the Puget Sound Loggers. The Pioneers earned a 13-1 win in five innings in game one, before bouncing back to win 17-9 in five innings in the second contest.
The Pioneers improve to 7-3 on the season and 2-0 in conference action. The Loggers slip to 0-6 overall and 0-2 in NWC play.
In the first game, the Loggers scored in the first inning, plating their only run of the game. The Pioneers then responded with four runs in the bottom of the first. Hannah Dal Pra doubled to left center bringing in Haley Robinson. Caitlin McCormick brought in the other three runs of the inning, hitting a homer to bring in Dal Pra and Jet'aime Mullins.
The Pioneers added two more runs to their lead in the second inning, with Robinson again coming in off a double from the bat of Dal Pra. Dal Pra then scored from Amanda Rabith's single to right field.
Lewis & Clark cemented its win with seven runs coming in during the bottom of the fourth. Mullins came home from a single by Rabith. An error by the Puget Sound shortstop loaded the bases with Rabith, Madison Hollenbeck, and Kataleya Milan. Megan Andre hit a single to right field, bringing in Rabith. Robinson then followed with another single to right field, bringing in Hollenbeck and Milan. An error by the Loggers pitcher brought in Andre. Another Puget Sound error brought in Robinson. To end the inning, Mullins singled to right center, bringing in Dal Pra.
The Pioneers ended the game with 11 hits, and 11 RBI. Dal Pra had three hits, while Mullins, Robinson, and Rabith each had two. McCormick ended the game with three RBI, while Robinson, Dal Pra, and Rabith each gained two.
Hollenbeck pitched all five innings, earning the win and striking out five batters.
In the second game, Puget Sound took an early lead, gaining three runs in the first inning. The Pioneers countered by scoring two runs in the first inning. Robinson scored first, on a passed ball by the Puget Sound catcher. Natalie Rose then hit a ground ball to the pitcher for a sacrifice to bring in Kelsey Buck.
The Loggers brought in three runs in the top of the second, before the Pioneers plated six runs to take a commanding lead. First, McCormick walked with the bases loaded, bringing in Hollenbeck. Dal Pra then singled to center field, bringing in Milan. Another single to center field by Mullins brought in Buck and Robinson. Jill Pinder then reached first on a fielder's choice, which brought in Dal Pra. Singles from Hollenbeck and Rabith loaded the bases, then Milan reached on a fielder's choice, with Pinder coming in to score. A walk with the bases loaded brought in Rabith. Buck then capped off the scoring with a single to third base, bringing in Hollenbeck.
The Loggers tried to catch up, scoring two runs in the third, but Lewis & Clark countered by bringing in five runs. With the bases loaded, Milan hit a single to right field, bringing in Pinder and Mullins. Robinson then singled to left center, bringing in Hollenbeck, followed by a double by Dal Pra to bring in Robinson and Milan.
Puget Sound was able to plate one run in the fourth, but the Pioneers came back to score two and end the game at five innings. The final two runs came from a homer by Rabith, bringing in Lauren Lovato.
Pinder took the win for the Pioneers, pitching two innings before being relieved by Hollenbeck, who got the save. Robinson, Buck, Dal Pra, Mullins, Rabith, and Hollenbeck each ended the game with two hits, while the team had a total of 15 hits. The Pioneers also had 15 RBI, with Dal Pra, Milan, and Mullins each gaining three.
The Pioneers return to the field on Sunday, Feb. 24 at 12 p.m. with a double-header against Pacific Lutheran at the Huston Sports Complex.