Softball Loses Close Second Game to Willamette, 7-6

Softball Loses Close Second Game to Willamette, 7-6
By Rachel Levitsky
Sports Information Intern



PORTLAND, Ore. - The Pioneer women's softballl team lost both of its games against the Willamette Bearcats today, March 17th. The Pioneers lost the game 8-0 in five innings, then 7-6 in the second game.

This moves the Pioneers record to 10-14 overall, and 5-11 in Northwest Conference (NWC) play. The Bearcats improve to 10-12 overall, and 6-6 in NWC play.

In the first game, Amanda Rabith got the first hit for the Pioneers, singling to center field. The only other hit for the Pioneers came from Madison Hollenbeck, who singled to left field.

Jill Pinder pitched three innings for Lewis & Clark, striking out three batters. Natalie Rose then relieved Pinder, striking out one batter and walking none.

In the second game, the Pioneers lost a very close battle with the Bearcats, but the multiple home runs of Willamette were too much for Lewis & Clark to overcome.

The Bearcats scored first, in the second inning with a homerun. The Pioneers responded with a run of their own. Caitlin McCormick singled, followed by a walk of Rabith, then Hollenbeck reached on an error by the pitcher, loading the bases. Kataleya Milan hit a sacrifice fly to right field to bring in McCormick.

THe Bearcats pulled ahead again in the fourth, with a home run again. In the fifth inning, Willamette cemented its lead with back-to-back homers, one bringing in three RBI and the other a single RBI, bringing the Bearcats up 6-1.

Lewis & Clark made a move to come back in the bottom of the fifth, with Hannah Dal Pra starting things off for the Pioneers by singling to left field, then stealing second before being brought in by a single by Jet'aime Mullins. Rabith then singled to right field, bringing in Mullins.

The Pioneers tied the score with a big sixth inning home run by Dal Pra, bringing in Haley Robinson and Kelsey Buck.

Willamete scored their game-winning run in the seventh inning, and the Pioneers were unable to respond. Lewis & Clark finished the game with eight hits, three from Dal Pra and two apiece for Mullins and McCormick.

Hollenbeck pitched four and a half innings for the Pioneers before being relieved by Hallie Knife. Neither of the Pioneer pitchers threw a walk, and Knife ended the game only allowing two hits.

The Pioneers return to action at home next weekend, March 23rd when they take on the Whitworth Pirates at 12 pm.