PORTLAND, Ore. - The Lewis & Clark softball team ended a 53 game losing streak, that stretched back to 2002, on Sunday afternoon in game two of the teams doubleheader against #17 Linfield. The Wildcats won the opening game 9-2 before being stunned with a 4-3 loss to the Pioneers in the nightcap.
The Pioneers move to 3-5 on the season and 1-3 in the Northwest Conference. The Wildcats suffer their first loss of the season, falling to 9-1 overall and 3-1 in the NWC.
The Wildcats got on the board first in the opening game, platting three runs in the top of the second inning. The Pioneers earned two of the runs back in the bottom half of the second with Amanda Rabith cracking a two RBI single to right center. The hit brought in sophomores Lindsay Yearman and Kylee Kennel.
Linfield earned both runs back in the top of the next inning, before platting four more in the sixth.
Rabith ended the game 2-for-2 from the plate, picking up the Pioneers only two hits and runs of the contest.
Game two started unlike any other game the Pioneers have played against the Wildcats in recent memory, with the Pios capturing an early lead. Lewis & Clark platted three runs in the bottom of the second with the first coming on an RBI single by Haley Robinson. The hit scored Yearman, before a single by Tiana Rosario knocked in Robinson and Maddie Lee.
The Wildcats responded with two runs in the fourth inning to make it a 3-2 contest.
Lewis & Clark scored what would prove to be the game winner in the fifth with a Rabith single. The hit allowed pinch runner Stephanie Garcia, who came in for Hannah Dal Pra who reached on a double, to come home.
Linfield made a comeback attempt in the seventh inning with Alissa Buss coming in to score on a Erin Kinney double to left center. With two outs and the tying run at third base and winning run at first, Hollenbeck struck out McKenna Spieth swinging to earn the Pios the program shifting victory.
Jill Pinder earned her first win of the season after pitching 3.2 innings, striking out two of the 16 batters she faced. Hollenbeck, who pitched 3.1 innings, struck out one while allowing just three hits.
Rosario ended the game 2-of-3 from the plate, while Robinson finished 1-of-2.
The Pioneers host Puget Sound next weekend, beginning with a doubleheader on Saturday, March 7 at 12 p.m.