PORTLAND, Ore. - The Lewis & Clark softball team improved its record to .500 on Sunday afternoon after taking two more games from the University of Puget Sound. The Pios earned an 8-2 win in the opening game before winning the second 8-1.
Lewis & Clark moves to 6-6 on the season and 4-4 in Northwest Conference action. The wins put the Pioneers in a two-way tie for fourth place in the conference standings. The Loggers fall to 1-13 overall and 1-7 in the NWC.
With some help from the Loggers, the Pioneers had a chance to push a couple runs across in the bottom of the first, loading the bases on two walks and a hit by pitch. Unfortunately the Logger defense would do it's job to keep the game scoreless.
Lewis & Clark would finally get its bats going in the fourth inning with Hannah Dal Pra starting things off with a single to center. Ateisha Norton followed with a single through the right side, before a Lindsay Yearman single loaded the bases.
Unlike the first inning, the Pioneers were able to capitalize with Nicki Burnett knocking in both Norton and Dal Pra with a single up the middle. Sophomore Ashley Bolick picked up the fifth straight Pioneer single with a shot to right field that cleared the bases. Bolick would come in to score two batters later with a single to right field by Haley Robinson.
A Pioneer miscue in the fifth inning allowed the Loggers to plate a run, making it a 5-1 game.
With two outs and runners at first and second, Jenai Rojo came in to pinch hit for Bolick. The sophomore righty did what she was brought in to do, drilling the ball over the fence in left field for a three-run homerun. The homerun is Rojo's second of the season.
Lewis & Clark letup a bit in the seventh inning, making room for a Marissa Jeffers two-out single that scored Jessica Gott. The run was the final one the Loggers would score.
Unlike the first game, the Pioneers started the scoring right away. Lewis & Clark plated a single run in the first three innings, starting with an RBI bunt single by Hollenbeck. The single allowed Tiana Rosario, who led off the first inning with a walk, to score.
Norton made it 3-0 in the third inning with a two-out, single up the middle that brought in Hollenbeck. Hollenbeck reached base earlier in the inning on a double to left center.
Puget Sound earned a run back in the top of the sixth with Bailee Larson singling up the middle, scoring Lisa Colombo.
The Pioneers put an end to the scoring in the bottom half of the inning with five runs on seven hits. With a new pitcher, Yearman started off the Pioneer half of the inning with a single to second base that the sophomore right fielder beat out. Rojo once again to pinch-hit, earning yet another RBI, this time with a single through the right side.
With two outs, the Pioneers once again rallied, starting with a single down the right field line by Robinson. The hit scored Buck, who came back in after the Rojo single, from second. Amanda Rabith nearly had herself a homerun with the next Pioneer at bat, hammering the ball off the fence in right field for an RBI triple. A single by Hollenbeck scored Rabith just moments later.
After another Logger pitching change and Kylee Kennel coming in to pinch run for Hollenbeck, Dal Pra doubled to left center for her first RBI of the day.
Kalin Rooney picked up the complete game victory, striking out three of the 30 Loggers she faced. The win moves Rooney to 3-2 on the season. Hollenbeck and Norton each ended the game 3-of-4 from the plate, while Yearman concluded the game 2-for-3.
The Pioneers return to the field on Saturday, March 14 against George Fox at the Huston Sports Complex. Game one is set for 12 p.m.