By: Amanda Dow-Allen
Sports Information Assistant
LA GRANDE, Ore- The Lewis & Clark softball team traveled to Eastern Oregon University losing two tough games in walk-off fashion. The Mountaineers came out on top in game one 7-6 and game two 9-8 in eight innings. The Pioneers move to 5-13 overall, while the Mountaineers move to 6-8.
Setting the tone early, the Pioneers scored two runs right off the bat in the first inning. Haley Robinson walked to begin the inning and on a Tiana Rosario single through the right side of the field, advanced to third. Hannah Dal Pra reached on a fielders' choice that scored Robinson and advanced Rosario to second. Madison Hollenbeck sac bunted, but on the throwing error reached first, while Rosario scored and Dal Pra advanced to third.
The Mountaineers were not behind for long as they scored four runs in the bottom of the first off three hits. A double to lead off the inning, and then a walk, was followed by a Brittnee Carman-Rice home run. Cassie Wendt hit another home run to make it back-to-back and put the Mountaineers up 4-2.
A Maddie Lee walked was followed up by a Rosario single that scored Lee to add another run the Pioneers total.
The Mountaineers in the bottom of the second scored another run as well off one hit and two errors. Tacking one more on in the fourth, using three hits and an error to their advantage, the Mountaineers kept the lead 6-3.
Fighting their way back, the Pioneers tied it up in the sixth scoring three runs. Jenai Rojo walked, and advanced to third when Robinson singled to right field. Rojo scored on a Rosario single and throwing error, while Dal Pra ripped a single to right field scoring both Rosario and Robinson to tie the game up.
A single and a walk put runners on for the Mountaineers in the bottom of the seventh for Carman-Rice to single and score the winning run.
Hollenbeck (4-7) takes the loss for the Pioneers giving up seven runs on ten hits, while walking four and striking out one. Lindsey Walchli (4-5) takes the win for the Mountaineers pitching a complete game giving up six runs on seven hits, while walking give and striking out four.
Rosario led the Pioneers with three hits, while Robinson, Dal Pra, Yearman and Amanda Rabith each finished with one respectively.
The Pioneers kicked it in gear in the second inning scoring four runs off five hits. Lindsay Yearman walked and advanced to second on a Kalin Rooney single. Caitlin Basilio then singled to short loading the bases for Lee who stepped up and ripped a single down the right field line scoring Yearman. The second walk of the inning pitched to Kelsey Buck walked in the second run before Robinson singled to left field scoring the third. The fourth run came off a Rosario bunt single when Lee scored from third.
A walk and a hit by pitch put two runners on for Wendt who homered to left center for her second of the day to put the Mountaineers on the board with three runs.
It wasn't close for long as the Pioneers scored four more runs in the fourth. Buck began the inning with a walk, and advanced to third on a Robinson single down the right field line. After Robinson stole second, Dal Pra singled to right scoring both runners. Madison Hollenbeck then stepped to the plate and hit her first career home run to put the Pioneers up 8-3.
The Mountaineers fought back and scored four runs in the bottom of the fourth using one hit, one error and three walks to their advantage. Scoring one more in the sixth off one hit, and heading into extra innings, the Mountaineers scored one more to win after a two hit inning.
All three pitchers for the Pioneers saw time on the mound in game one. Hallie Knife started the first three innings giving up three runs on two hits, while walking five and striking out one. Rooney pitched two and one third innings giving up five runs on two hits, while walking four and striking out one. Hollenbeck (4-8) finished out the game and takes the loss pitching two innings giving up one run on four hits, while walking one and striking out two.
Offensively the Pioneers finished with twelve hits led by Robinson, Rosario, Dal Pra, and Hollenbeck who all finished with two, while Yearman, Rooney, Basilio, and Lee all finished with one respectively.
The Pioneers continue non-conference action tomorrow March 25 at Northwest Nazarene for a double-header beginning at noon.