Pios retire 16 straight batters to defeat Loggers

Photo by Robert Garcia-Magdaleno
Photo by Robert Garcia-Magdaleno

PORTLAND, Ore. -- The Lewis & Clark Pioneers retired 16-straight batters after giving up an early home run in an 8-2 defeat of the Puget Sound Loggers on Thursday afternoon at Huston Sports Complex.

Six different Pios had two hits apiece as Lewis & Clark totaled 15 to Puget Sound's three. Sydney Cross hit a two-RBI double, one of her two doubles in the game, and finished with a team-high three RBI. Emily Drevdahl hit her first home run of the season and first since her freshman year. The now-junior had four in her first season.

Ateisha Norton, the team's leader in home runs (6) and batting average (.393) finished 1 for 2 after drawing two walks.

"It's been pretty fun. I've been trying to do my best," said Norton. "It's senior year, so I'm going out and giving everything I have. We have clicked this season and it's really awesome."

Stephanie Garcia, who along with Norton and Paige Salavea make up the senior class, is second on the team in average and went 2 for 3 with a run scored on Thursday.

"It's a team effort," said Garcia, who started in left field "Our pitchers are doing awesome and the defense is killing it."

Savannah Dickson was Lewis & Clark's starting pitcher and threw three innings with two strikeouts before Megan Anderson (2-8) pitched the final seven to earn her second career win. After Dickson allowed Jessica Gott's first home run of the season three batters into the game, she didn't allow another runner. Anderson continued the streak until Amber Popovich singled with two outs in the sixth inning. Puget Sound finished the game without getting another person on base.

The win is the first for the Pios since Mar. 11 and snaps an eight-game losing streak. Lewis & Clark (6-14, 5-11 NWC) is four games behind this weekend's opponent, Pacific, for the fourth-and-final postseason spot in the Northwest Conference standings. Puget Sound (7-18-1, 5-11 NWC) is in sixth place.

"We need to stay hot and keep this energy and bring everything we got," said Garcia about the goals against Pacific starting on Friday.

Salavea scored the first run for the Pios during Frankie Warden's at-bat in the first inning to bring Lewis & Clark within 2-1. Cross, who finished with a pair of doubles to match Warden for the team high of six, scored Warden and Garcia in the third to give the Pioneers a 3-2 lead. Zoe Juarez and Lisa Kumasaka singled in runs in the third and fifth, respectively. After Kumasaka's at-bat in the fifth, Salavea scored her and advanced to third on her double.

Cross doubled in another run in the sixth before Drevdahl's homer. The eight runs are the most for the Pios since winning their last game, 13-3, at Willamette.

"Really important to win today," said Norton. "We needed to get that feeling going again today. It was nice to get it all clicking again."

The first pitch of the four-game series at Pacific is at noon on Friday.

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