PARKLAND, Wash. - The Lewis & Clark softball team split its doubleheader against the Pacific Lutheran Lutes, losing its first game 9-1 before coming back in the second game to win 5-3.
In the first game, the Pioneers only run came from a homer to left center field by Jet'aime Mullins in the fourth inning. The Pioneers had three hits, from Mullins, Madison Hollenbeck, and Natalie Rose.
Rose pitched two and a half innings, relieving Jill Pinder. Pinder struck out two batters, while Rose walked none.
In the second game, the Pioneers started off strong with three runs in the first inning. Haley Robinson walked, then Kelsey Buck singled on a bunt, advancing Robinson to second. Hannah Dal Pra drove in Robinson and Buck with a home run to left field.
The Lutes tried to take the lead in the bottom of the third, but were unable to overcome the Pioneers, only scoring two runs. The Pioneers scored the rest of their runs in the fifth inning, with Dal Pra bringing in Megan Andre on a single to center field. Mullins then drove in the other run of the inning, with Buck coming in from another single to center field.
Hollenbeck pitched a complete game for the Pioneers, holding the Lutes to only five hits, and striking out three batters.
The Pioneers had eight hits in the game. Dal Pra finished three for four, with four RBI.
The Pioneers play again tomorrow, April 7th, on the road against Puget Sound at 12 p.m.