PORTLAND, Ore. - The Lewis & Clark softball team earned a 5-4 win over Whitworth in game one of its Northwest Conference double-header, but the Pirates bounced back to defeat the Pioneers 9-2 in game two.
Lewis & Clark claimed an early 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning with a Hannah Dal Pra double down the right field line that allowed Haley Robinson to score. Robinson led off the inning with a hit by pitch before moving to second on a Taylor Gatti sacrifice bunt.
The Pirates pulled ahead 2-1 in the top of the third after Taylor Gilbert took Natalie Rose long over the left field fence, scoring herself and Sacha Clow. The Pioneers responded with a single run in the bottom half of the inning to tie the contest with Gatti coming around to score on an Amanda Rabith ground out.
Whitworth once again captured the lead, this time with a wild pitch allowing Heather Hesselgesser to score.
Dal Pra earned the lead back for Lewis & Clark with a two-run homerun in the top of the fifth. Leading 4-3, Jet'aime Mullins capped off the scoring, coming around on a Lauren Lovato sacrifice fly for a 5-3 Pio advantage.
Hesselgesser singled to right center in the seventh inning, scoring Jamie Brunner, but it would not be enough to earn the Pirates a win.
Rose collected the complete game win for the Pioneers, while Dal Pra ended the game 2-for-3 from the plate.
Whitworth came out strong in the top of the first inning, scoring three runs on three hits, for an early lead. Brunner put the Pirates up 4-0 in the second inning with an RBI ground out that scored Makenzie Hope.
The Pioneers cut the deficit in half in the bottom of the third, with Mullins bringing in Megan Andre with a double to left center. Kelsey Buck would come around moments later on a wild pitch, making it a 4-2 game.
Caylan Haehl scored the Pirates lone run of the sixth inning on an RBI triple by Brunner.
Whitworth piled on four more runs in the top of the seventh inning, capturing the 9-2 victory.