TACOMA, Wash. - The Lewis & Clark softball team put together two seventh inning rallies on Saturday afternoon against Pacific Lutheran but unfortunately for the Pioneers the Lutes found an answer in their half of each inning. The Lutes won the first game 6-5, before defeating the Pios 3-2 in the second contest.
Game one began as a pitching dual with Madison Hollenbeck holding the Lutes hitless until the sixth inning, while the Pios only managed two hits off Marissa Miller through five innings.
Lewis & Clark turned its offense on in the sixth inning, platting two runs on three hits. With one out and two runners on base, junior Hannah Dal Pra singled through the left side, allowing Tiana Rosario to come in from third. Ateisha Norton knocked in the next run with a single through the right side of the field, bringing in Jenai Rojo.
Trailing 2-0, the Lutes woke up their bats, plating three runs on a three-run homerun by Emily McConnell.
With a one run deficit heading into the seventh inning, the Pioneers put together a two out rally that would eventually give them a 5-3 advantage. Amanda Rabith stepped up for the Pioneers, knocking in Rosario with a single through the infield. The Lutes extended the inning for the Pioneers with an error by the shortstop on a Rojo shot. Following the error, Pacific Lutheran walked Dal Pra, loading the bases for Hollenbeck. The senior pitcher helped her cause with a double to right center that sent Rojo and Maddie Lee home.
A series of fielding mistakes in the bottom of the seventh allowed the Lutes to push past the Pioneers.
Hollenbeck ended the game 2-of-4 from the plate, while pitching the complete game for the Pioneers. The senior righty struck out four batters, while only giving up three hits.
The second contest saw the Pioneers strike first again, this time with a single run in the top of the third. After leading off the inning with a single to left field, Haley Robinson moved herself to second before taking third on a Rabith single to right. The Lutes loaded the bases with the next Pio at bat after pegging Rojo with the ball. Dal Pra stepped up next with a sacrifice fly to left that scored Robinson.
Pacific Lutheran didn't counter until the fifth inning, scoring two runs on two hits and a Pio error.
Now trailing 2-1, the Pioneers would not plate another run until the seventh inning. The lone run came across on another Dal Pra sacrifice fly, this time allowing Lee to come in.
With the game knotted up, the Lutes once again found a way to put the game winning run across in the bottom of the seventh.
Robinson ended the game 3-for-3 from the plate, while Rabith was 2-for-4. Kalin Rooney pitched a complete game for the Pioneers, striking out seven of the 28 batters she faced.
The two sides complete the Northwest Conference series with a twinbill on Sunday afternoon. Game one is set to begin at 12 p.m. in Tacoma.