SALEM, Ore. -- Freshman Sydney Cross drove in three runs and the Lewis & Clark Pioneers scored four runs in the fifth inning to win 11-8 over the Willamette Bearcats in the second game of their Northwest Conference doubleheader at the WU Softball Field on Saturday.
The win improves the Pios to 3-3 in NWC games this season and 4-6 overall.
With the bases loaded in the fifth, Cross' double down the leftfield line scored all three move the Pioneers ahead 7-2. Cross finished 2 for 4 with two doubles in the game, her first multi-hit game of the year.
Lewis & Clark jumped ahead on Ateisha Norton's lead-off home run in the second inning. Norton finished 2 for 3 and scored four runs in the game. She hit another home run, her fourth of the year, in the sixth. Norton has two multiple home run games this season to match her career-best total of four already this season.
Stephanie Garcia finished 4 for 4 including her first career triple in the ninth inning the help the Pioneers extend their lead after Willamette added four runs in the bottom of the sixth to get within one of the lead.
Savannah Dickson pitched six innings to win her fourth game and improve to 4-1 on the year. She allowed eight runs on 12 hits with two strikeouts. Megan Anderson threw a 1-2-3 seventh and picked up her second career save.
Vanessa Almaraz led the Bearcats offensively with a 3 for 3 effort and two RBI. Reanna Lancaster took her first loss of the season in the circle.
Willamette jumped out to three-straight multi-run innings as Lewis & Clark lost 10-1 in six innings.
Jocelyn Glasgo brought in three runs for the Bearcats.
The series resumes on Sunday at 12 p.m.