PORTLAND, Ore. - The Lewis & Clark softball split its opening series against Puget Sound on Saturday afternoon, falling 4-1 in game one after nine innings before mercy ruling the Loggers 8-0 after five in game two.
The opening game was evenly matched with neither team having a clear advantage over the other.
Lewis & Clark captured a one run lead in the bottom of the third with Amanda Rabith knocking in Madison Hollenbeck. Hollenbeck reached base with a two-out double to right center before the Rabith at bat.
The Pioneers took the 1-0 advantage into the seventh inning and looked poised to pick up the victory. With one out in the top of the seventh Erica Gott stepped up and hit a solo home run over the fence in left field to tie the contest.
With two outs in the bottom of the seventh, Haley Robinson reached with a double to left center, which was followed by a single up the middle by Tiana Rosario. Unfortunately the Pioneers were unable to capitalize, forcing extra innings.
Neither side was able to get anything going in the eighth, forcing yet another extra inning. With one out and a runner at first, E. Gott once again came up big for the Loggers, singling to deep short to give her team a 2-1 lead. A Pioneer error on the next play allowed Gott to score. Moments later the Loggers pushed yet another run across the plate for a 4-1 lead.
Lewis & Clark earned one run back in the bottom of the inning with Lindsay Yearman scoring on an Ashley Bolick single up the middle. Nothing else would happen for the Pios, giving the Loggers the win.
The second contest was completely different than the first with the Pioneers putting their foot on the gas and never letting up.
The Pios pushed a single run across in the third inning with Maddie Lee coming in to score on a sacrifice bunt by Robinson.
A huge six run fourth inning put the Pioneers in complete control of the game. Hollenbeck led the inning off with a double to right center before being replaced by Kylee Kennel who came in to pinch run. Rabith followed suit with a single through the right side, moving Kennel to third. Yearman put the ball down, which forced a Logger throw home which was not fast enough to catch Kennel. A triple to right center by freshman Ateisha Norton scored both Rabith and Yearman.
Leading 4-0 and now with a new pitcher, Lee stepped up with a single up the middle that scored Norton. After Lee stole second, Bolick singled and moved Lee to third. The bunt single setup Robinson for another sacrifice bunt that scored Lee and moved Bolick to third. A passed ball moved Bolick to third, allowing her to come home moments later on an error by the shortstop on Hannah Dal Pra's at bat.
Bolick knocked in the game-winning run in the fifth with a single through the right side that brought in Norton.
The two sides will complete the four game series on Sunday, March 8 at 12 p.m.