By: Amanda Dow-Allen
Sports Information Assistant
NAMPA, Idaho- The Lewis & Clark softball team split with Northwest Nazarene losing game one 1-2, while picking up a win in game two 8-5. Jenai Rojo goes 4-4 in the Pioneers win. The Pioneers move to 6-12 on the year.
The Crusaders got on the board first scoring two runs in the bottom of the first using four hits. Kendra Day led off with a single but was caught stealing by catcher Maddie Lee. Another single by Gatalina Schuster put a runner on for the Crusaders as she scored on a double hit to center by Justine Callen. Brianna Kinghorn hit another double to score Callen and put Northwest Nazarene in the lead 2-0.
Lindsay Yearman began the top of the second for the Pioneers singling up the middle. Amanda Rabith sac bunted, but reached first on a throwing error and advanced Yearman to third. Another sac bunt by Kalin Rooney scored Yearman from third to put the Pioneers on the board for the first time and the last.
Haley Robinson led the Pioneers with two hits while Yearman finished with one.
Hallie Knife (0-4) takes the loss for the Pioneers pitching six innings giving up two runs on eight hits, while walking four and striking out four. Noelle Wright (3-10) takes the win for the Crusaders pitching seven innings giving up one run on three hits, while walking one and striking out six.
Not taking any chances, the Pioneers struck first this game in the second inning scoring one run on three hits. Rabith singled to left field with two outs and advanced to second on a single hit by Caitlin Basilio. Rojo in her first at bat, singled down the left field line scoring Rabith.
Robinson started the third off with a single up the middle and advanced to second on a sac bunt by Tiana Rosario. Rooney then singled to shortstop advancing Robinson to third. A sac fly hit by Madison Hollenbeck scored Robinson, and a throwing error by the centerfielder moved Rooney to second. Lee pinch running for Rooney, scored on a Yearman single to right field that put the Pioneers up 3-0.
Wanting more runs, the Pioneers scored four more runs in the fourth, still keeping the Crusaders at bay. Basilio started the inning with a single, followed by a Rojo single and a Kelsey Buck fielders' choice to load the bases. A wild pitch was thrown that moved all runners up one including Basilio to score the first run in the fourth. Next up Robinson, who cranked a triple to right field scoring both Rojo and Buck. A ground out by Rosario was just enough to score Robinson from third and make it a 7-0 game.
One more run in the fifth would do it for the Pioneers as Basilio reached on an error, advanced to second on a Rojo single to center and moved to third on a sac bunt by Buck. First base made an error that cost them a run when Robinson reached first and Basilio scored.
The Crusaders tried to fight back scoring four runs on four hits in the bottom of the fifth, and one more in seventh off three hits but it wasn't enough as the Pioneers took home a 8-5 win.
Rojo led the Pioneers with four hits, Robinson and Basilio finished with two, while Rooney, Yearman, and Rabith each finished with one respectively.
Hollenbeck (5-6) takes the win for the Pioneers pitching a complete game giving up five runs on nine hits, while walking two and striking out five. Ashley Pesek (4-6) takes the loss for the Crusaders pitching three innings giving up seven runs on nine hits, while striking out one. Wright came in relief, pitching four innings giving up one run on two hits and striking out one.
The Pioneers are back in action when they head to George Fox for a conference double-header making up rainouts on March 27 beginning at noon.