Multiple Home Runs Propel Softball over Northwest in Second GameBy Rachel Levitsky Sports Information Intern
KIRKLAND, Wash. - The Lewis & Clack women's softball team lost its first game to the Northwest University Eagles, 4-2 at Everest Park, before winning the second 8-7. The Pioneer record changes to 12-18 overall, while the Eagles move to 5-23.
Lewis & Clark scored both their runs in the first game in the first inning. Kelsey Buck got on base for the Pioneers with a single to the pitcher. Hannah Dal Pra then brought Buck in with a home run to left field.
The Eagles chipped in to the Pioneer lead in the second inning with one run, then took the lead in the fourth with two runs from a homer.
Madison Hollenbeck pitched a complete game for Lewis & Clark, striking out five batters and walking two. The Pioneers finished with five hits, coming from Dal Pra, Buck, Taylor Gatti, Caitlin McCormick, and Kataleya Milan.
In the second game, the Pioneers again scored in the first inning, with Haley Robinson scoring on an error by the Eagles second baseman. The Eagles took the lead in the bottom of the first inning, scoring three runs on single hits.
The Pioneers then regained the lead in the second inning when freshman Dal Pra came up with a huge grand slam for Lewis & Clark. With two outs and the bases loaded with Hollenbeck, Maddie Lee, and Robinson, Dal Pra repeaded her home run from the previous game to left field, gaining four RBI and putting the score at 5-3.
Northwest responded with three more runs to take the lead in the bottom of the second, but Lewis & Clark countered quickly in the third with two more runs. Lee singled to bring in Natalie Rose and Hollenbeck.
Lewis & Clark cemented their lead in the fourth inning, scoring their last run of the game with a home run by McCormick. The Eagles attempted a come back, but could not catch up to the Pioneers, scoring two more runs in the game.
Rose earned the win for the Pioneers, pitching two innings before Jill Pinder came in to relieve. Pinder struck out three batters, closing the game. Lewis & Clark ended with eight hits, two apiece for McCormick and Lee.
The Pioneers return to action on April 6th, when they face off against Pacific Lutheran on the road.