SALEM, Ore. — A 10-run fourth inning propelled the Lewis & Clark Pioneers to a 13-3 win in five innings over the Willamette Bearcats on Sunday at the WU Softball Field.
"As a team, I knew that we could make those hits happen because yesterday, we didn't really execute much, so having that 10-run rule in the fifth was nice to have," said Salavea, who is hitting .317 on the year.
Megan Anderson (1-5) won her first career game by pitching all five innings and giving up five hits. Anderson and the defense forced two straight groundouts to end three of the five Willamette innings, including the final two.
"Yesterday, Megan didn't really show what she had, but today, she came out and Willamette wasn't expecting that," said Salavea.
Lewis & Clark (5-7, 4-4 NWC) scored three in the opening inning, picking up where they left off in Saturday's 11-8, game-two victory. Salavea opened up the inning with a single, stole second and advanced to third on a wild pitch by Willamette starter Jocelyn Glasgo. After Zoe Juarez was hit by a pitch, Emily Drevdahl loaded the bases when she reached on a fielder's choice. Salavea and Juarez scored on a wild pitch and error by the Bearcats, one of four they had in the game, and Drevdahl advanced to third, later scoring during Norton's groundout.
In the 10-run fourth, Warden brought in the first run with a single that scored Sydney Cross. Afterward, Salavea scored Lisa Kumasaka on a single to third, Drevdahl hit an RBI single up the middle, Norton singled to the left side of the infield before Cross singled down the leftfield line. Warden then smacked her triple to score another before Ariel Trinidad's single added one more. The Pioneers stole eight bases in the inning.
Glasgo (1-3) took the loss before Morgan Penn pitched the rest of the game for Willamette. Vanessa Almaraz had the Bearcats' only multi-hit game.
The Pioneers stranded five baserunners on just five hits as Willamette earned a series split, 1-0.
Savannah Dickson (4-2) pitched tremendously for Lewis & Clark, giving up one run on seven hits with a single walk. Against 27 batters, she threw 57 strikes on 88 pitches.
Maya Shipway and Reanna Lancaster had two hits apiece for Willamette and Shipway had an RBI.
Neither team had an error.
Lewis & Clark left two runners on in both the first and fourth innings. To open the game, with two outs, Emily Drevdahl and Ateisha Norton earned walks from Lancaster (1-1) before Sydney Cross struck out. In the fourth, Norton hit a one-out single and moved to third on Frankie Warden's centerfield single. Ariel Trinidad popped out to end the threat.
"Sav pitched a really good game in the second game, but we couldn't pull through for her," said Salavea.
Lewis & Clark returns home on Saturday for home games with Puget Sound, its first of the season.
"We have a lot to show for, especially next weekend," said Salavea. "Our hopes are to do better than last weekend."
The Pioneers had their initial home opener cancelled because of bad weather in mid-February.
"It's been awhile since we've played on our field, so having the home-field advantage will be nice," said Salavea.
The split with Willamette (2-7, 2-4 NWC) keeps the Pios in the middle of the Northwest Conference standings. Lewis & Clark trails Whitworth by one win and one loss for fourth place. Puget Sound is 1-7 in conference games this season.