Dal Pra Breaks Single Season Homerun Record; Softball Sweeps Puget SoundBy Rachel Levitsky Sports Information Intern
TACOMA, Wash. - The Lewis & Clark softball team made up its postponed games against the Puget Sound Loggers today, April 8th, sweeping the Loggers 7-2 in the first game, and 11-3 in the second in five innings.
Todays wins improve the Pioneers overall record to 15-19, and 9-15 in Northwest Conference (NWC) play. The Loggers fall to 0-33 on the season, and 0-22 in NWC play.
In the first game, Madison Hollenbeck pitched a complete game, only allowing three hits, two runs, and striking out three batters.
The Pioneers started off the game with two runs in the first inning, with Haley Robinson coming round the bases and scoring on a wild pitch after singling to get on base. Kelsey Buck scored the other run of the inning, with Jet'aime Mullins grounding out to bring in Buck.
Lewis & Clark extended their lead in the second inning with four runs scoring. Amanda Rabith singles, Kataleya Milan was hit by a pitch, then Megan Andre singled to load the bases. Robinson then singled to bring in Rabith for an RBI, keeping the bases loaded. Lauren Lovato came in to pinch hit, but was walked, bringing in Milan. Hannah Dal Pra then hit a well placed single to bring in Andre and Robinson.
Lewis & Clark rounded out their scoring in the sixth inning, with Dal Pra, Mullins, and Caitlin McCormick loading the bases before Hollenbeck was walked to bring in the last run.
Puget Sound attempted a comeback in the bottom of the sixth inning, but were only able to plate two runs.
The Pioneers finished the first game with 10 hits, three of which came from Robinson, who went three for five, scoring two runs and gaining one RBI.
In the second game, the Pioneers plated six runs in the top of the first inning to start things off with a bang. Robinson hit a double before advancing to third on a passed ball, then Buck walked before stealing second. Dal Pra hit a single to bring in Robinson. Then Mullins was hit by a pitch to load the bases. McCormick took the opportunity to score two more runs, bringing in Dal Pra and Buck with a single. Reaching on a fielders choice, Hollenbeck brought in Mullins for another run. To finish out the inning, Natalie Rose homered, also bringing in Hollenbeck.
The score remained 6-0 until the top of the fourth inning, when the Pioneers had huge bats to bring in their final five runs. Milan walked before a triple from Robinson brought her home. Lovato, pinch hitting for Buck, then doubled, bringing in Robinson. Back to back homers from Dal Pra and Mullins scored the final three runs of the game for the Pioneers. Dal Pra's homerun is her ninth of the season, which breaks the Pioneers single season record.
In the fourth and fifth innings, the Loggers plated three runs, but could not overcome the deficit.
Rose pitched a complete game for the Pioneers, allowing six hits but holding the Loggers to only three runs and striking out two batters.
The Pioneers return to action for their final doubleheader at home, against the Pacific Boxers on Saturday, April 13th. The games are set to begin at 12 p.m.