PORTLAND, Ore. - Junior Hannah Dal Pra had a huge opening game for the Lewis & Clark softball team, hitting two two run home runs on Sunday afternoon, including a walk-off in the bottom of the seventh. The Pios defeated Northwest University 6-4 in game one before falling 5-2 (five innings) in the second contest.
Dal Pra, who set the Pioneers single season home run record in 2013, hit the first of her two home runs on the day in the bottom of the first inning. The second baseman sent the ball flying out of the park over the left field fence, allowing Haley Robinson to score. Robinson led off the inning with a single to the shortstop before making her way to third on a sacrifice bunt by Tiana Rosario.
Lewis & Clark tacked on another run in the third with an RBI single by Jenai Rojo. Rosario came in to score on the hit, after leading off the inning with a double to left field.
A four run fourth inning allowed the Eagles to take their first lead of the game. A solo home run got things going for Northwest. A series of walks and singles would allow three more Eagles to come home.
A leadoff home run to left field by Rojo in the bottom of the sixth allowed the Pioneers to knot the game up at 4-4.
After holding Northwest scoreless in the top of the seventh, the Pioneers went back to work with the top of their order up to bat. Robinson led off with a single to third, before moving to second on another Rosario sacrifice. Just like the first inning, Dal Pra stepped up to the plate and sent the ball out of the park.
Robinson and Dal Pra each finished the contest 2-of-4 from the plate. Kalin Rooney picked up the win for the Pioneers, coming in to replace Madison Hollenbeck in the top of the fourth. The sophomore allowed just four hits, while striking out four.
Northwest got things going in the top of the first, with a two-run double to right field by Savannah Rush that scored Ricki Tacdol and Darian Godfrey.
Lewis & Clark earned one of those runs back in the bottom half of the inning with an RBI single by Dal Pra that brought in Rosario. Rosario put herself in scoring position before Dal Pra's at bat with a double to left center.
The third inning saw the Eagles tack on three runs on two hits and a Pioneer error, giving them a 5-1 advantage.
The Pios tried to earn the runs back in the bottom of the fifth, starting with a lead off walk by Robinson. Rosario followed her with a single to left, before Hollenbeck loaded the bases on a walk. With a new pitcher on the mound, Rojo stepped in and flew out to the right fielder. The sacrifice fly allowed Robinson to tag up at third and come home. Unfortunately with two outs and runners on the corners, the Pioneers were unable to find a way to score another run.
The two sides played with a steady trickle of rain throughout the second game, causing the umpires to call the contest after the completion of the fifth inning.
Rosario ended the game a perfect 3-for-3 from the plate, while Nicki Burnett finished 1-of-2. Rooney picked up the loss for the Pioneers after three innings of work. The sophomore once again picked up four strikeouts.
The Pioneers return to the field on Feb. 21 at 1 p.m. against Southern Oregon at Hoodview Park. The PIos will then take on Northwest Christian at 3 p.m.