PORTLAND, Ore. - The Lewis & Clark softball team defeated the George Fox Bruins 8-7 after eight innings in game two of the teams final Northwest Conference series. The Bruins won the opening contest 6-4 at the Huston Sports Complex.
The first game saw the Pioneers fall behind early and never find a way to fully work themselves back into the game.
George Fox captured a 2-0 lead in the first inning courtesy of a two-run homerun by Kayla Anderson. The Pioneers earned one of those runs back in their half of the inning with Tiana Rosario coming in to score on a Madison Hollenbeck single to center. Rosario reached base on a leadoff single to center, before moving to second on a sacrifice bunt by Ashley Bolick.
The Pioneers tied the game in the fourth inning with a leadoff homerun by Rosario that made its way over the fence in left center.
The Bruins were able to respond in the next half inning with three runs on four hits and Pioneer error.
Trailing 5-2, the Pioneers pushed one more run across in the fourth with Stephanie Garcia crossing the plate. Garcia came in to pinch run for Hannah Dal Pra who started the inning with a single to deep short. The Pioneer freshman scored on an RBI ground out by Jenai Rojo.
Annie Veatch knocked in the Bruins final run of the game in the top of the fifth to make it a 6-3 game. Lewis & Clark put together a solid bottom half of the fifth, but were unable to capitalize, stranding two runners.
Lindsay Yearman picked up a run for the Pioneer in the sixth inning with her first homerun of the season. The sophomore started off the inning with a solo shot over the fence in left field.
Rosario ended the contest 2-of-3 from the plate with an RBI, two runs scored and a walk. Dal Pra was 3-of-4, while Yearman was 2-of-4.
George Fox scored two runs in the second inning but the Pioneers managed to respond in the third to make it a 2-2 contest. The two Pio runs came on a homerun to left center by Amanda Rabith that picked up Rosario, who reached base on a double to center.
A huge fourth inning by the Bruins made the game seem out of reach for the Pioneers. George Fox pushed five runs across the plate in the inning.
Despite trailing 7-2, the Pioneers remained true to themselves throughout the remainder of the contest and began to chip away at the deficit one inning at a time.
Rosario started the comeback with her second homerun of the day in the fifth, earning one run back for Lewis & Clark. Two more runs came across in the sixth for L&C, making it a 7-5 game. Nicki Burnett knocked in the first run with an RBI single to the shortstop that scored Ateisha Norton from second. A Bruin error on a Rosario hit brought in Yearman.
George Fox would sit down in order in the top of the seventh, leaving the game in the Pioneers hands. Down just two runs, the Pioneers played small ball, making sure to put runners on base. The work paid off with Yearman hitting a bases loaded single to left center that brought in Dal Pra and Hollenbeck.
The two sides headed into extra innings deadlocked at 7-7.
The Bruins managed a single base runner in the eighth but could do nothing to push her across. Doing what they do, the Pioneers put together a solid two out rally for the win. With two batters already retired, Rabith showed patience at the plate, earning first base on a walk. Hollenbeck followed the walk with a double to center that moved Rabith to third. Dal Pra did what the Pios needed her to do and singled up the middle to bring in Rabith for the win.
Rosario finished the game 3-of-5 from the plate with two runs scored and an RBI. Rabith and Hollenbeck both finished 2-of-4, while Yearman was 3-of-4.
Hollenbeck earned the win after 1.2 innings of work, striking out four.
The Pioneers return to action on March 20 in Arizona against Denison (10 a.m.) and Dubuque (12:30 p.m.).