SALEM, Ore. - The Lewis & Clark softball team opened its four game series against Willamette on Saturday with two losses. The Bearcats pulled a 9-8 win in the opening contest before winning the second 6-3.
After falling behind by a run in the first inning, the Lewis & Clark offense got itself going in the top of the second with a huge five run inning. Lindsay Yearman got the scoring started with a one out, RBI single to left field that brought in Madison Hollenbeck. After suffering another out, Ashley Bolick knocked in the next run with an infield single that allowed Amanda Rabith to score. Haley Robinson kept the inning alive with a double down the left field line that moved Bolick to third and brought in Maddie Lee. The Bearcats helped the Pioneers plate their final runs of the inning with an error that scored both Robinson and Bolick.
Yearman picked up her second RBI of the day in the third inning with a single up the middle, once again scoring Holleneck. Lee made it 7-1 Pioneers moments later with a single to right center that sent Rabith acorss.
Willamette earned two runs back in the bottom of the third with a single up the middle by Amanda Absher that knocked in two Bearcats.
Lewis & Clark scored its final run of the contest in the top of the fourth with a monster homerun to left field by Hannah Dal Pra.
Trailing 8-3. The Bearcats pulled within a single in the bottom of the fifth. Willamette tied the game in the sixth with a sacrifice fly by Ashley Pender.
The Pioneers put themselves in good position to take the lead in the seventh, placing runners at second and third with just one out. Unfortunately neither runner would be able to make their way home.
The Bearcats on the other hand managed to push the game winning run across in the bottom of the seventh with a two-out RBI triple to left center.
Rabith finished the contest 2-of-3 from the plate, while Lee and Yearman each finished 2-of-4. Kalin Rooney started the game, pitching five complete innings, striking out five. Hallie Knife picked up the loss after 1.2 innings of action.
Hollenbeck, who started in the circle for the Pios, helped her cause in the first inning with a two-run homerun to left field. The shot picked up Tiana Rosario, who reached earlier in the inning on a walk.
Ateisha Norton extended the Pioneers lead to 3-0 in the third after doubling to left. The double allowed Hollenbeck to come in from second.
Willamette earned a run back in the bottom of the third, making it a 3-1 contest. Following the run, the Bearcats settled down defensively, allowing the Pios just four hits the rest of the way.
The same could not be said for the Pioneers, who gave up seven hits in the bottom of the fifth, allowing five Bearcats to come across the plate.
Yearman ended the game 3-of-3, while Hollenbeck went 2-of-4 with two RBI's and two runs scored.
The two sides close out the series with a twinbill on Sunday, April 12. The first game is set for 12 p.m.