Softball Upsets Reigning National Champion PLU

Softball Upsets Reigning National Champion PLU



By Rachel Levitsky
Sports Information Intern

PORTLAND, Ore. - The Lewis & Clark women's softball team dropped its first game to the reigning national champions, the Pacific Lutheran Lutes, before coming back to win the second game of the doubleheader. The Pioneers lost the first game 8-2, then won the second game 1-0.

This moves Lewis & Clark's record to 8-4 overall, and 3-1 in Northwest Conference (NWC) play. The #1 Lutes change to 2-2 on their season and 2-2 in NWC play.

In the first game, Lewis & Clark scored first with a double by Jet'aime Mullins bringing in Haley Robinson. Pacific Lutheran then built their lead throughout the second, third, fourth, and fifth innings, scoring three runs in the second, two runs in the third and fourth, and their final run in the fifth.

The Pioneers other run in the first game came from a home run by Hannah Dal Pra.

Pitcher Jill Pinder started the game, pitching three innings before being relieved by Natalie Rose. Rose pitched two innings and struck out one batter, then was relieved by Hallie Knife. Knife pitched the final two innings, striking out three batters.

In the second game, Madison Hollenbeck pitched all seven innings, striking out three batters, allowing no runs and only one hit.

The Pioneers had five hits against the Lutes in the second game, two apiece for Robinson and Kelsey Buck, and one from Hollenbeck. Buck tripled in the first inning of the game, before being caught stealing to end the inning.

In the fifth inning, the Lutes looked to have plated three runs on a double by Kaaren Hatlen, but the runs were waived off and Hatlen was called out on a re-entry error by the Lutes, ending the inning.

The lone run of the game came in the sixth inning from a sacrifice fly by Dal Pra to bring in Robinson.

This win is the first win for the Pioneers against the Lutes since 2000, ending a 49 game winning streak for Pacific Lutheran against Lewis & Clark. The all-time series record between the two teams now moves to 104-9 in favor of the Lutes.

The Pioneers return to play on Saturday, March 2 with a doubleheader at Willamette at 12 p.m.