SPOKANE, Wash. – The Lewis & Clark softball team split its final double-header of the season on Sunday afternoon. The Pioneers won the opening game 7-2, before dropping the final game 11-3 after six innings.
Despite committing three errors, the Pioneers defense and pitcher Hallie Knife had a strong day, holding the Pirates to just five hits. The offense also did their job, scoring seven runs on 12 hits.
The Pios got things going with three runs in the first inning thanks to a monster home run by Hannah Dal Pra. With two outs and Lindsay Yearman and Madison Hollenbeck at second and first base respectively, Dal Pra stepped up and drilled the ball over the fence.
Knife then went to work, sitting the Pirates down in order in the bottom half of the inning. The senior did not give up a hit until the fourth inning.
Three more Pioneer runs came across in the seventh, starting with Kelsey Buck. The senior, who came in to pinch run for Hollenbeck, was knocked in by a single through the left side by Tiana Rosario. Rosario came trotting home seconds later when Jenai Rojo sent the ball out of the park for a two-run home run.
With two outs in the bottom of the seventh, the Pirates received some help from the Pioneers courtesy of an error that extended the inning. With runners at the corners, Chelsey Hayes doubled to center, knocking in both runners.
Rojo was 3-of-4 from the plate, while Hollenbeck was 2-for-2 and Garcia went 3-for-5.
Knife picked up her first complete game victory of the season, improving to 2-2 overall. Facing just 29 batters, Knife struck out five and walked just one.
After two scoreless innings, the Pioneers started the scoring with a three run third inning. Norton picked up all three RBI's with a triple to right field that brought in Dal Pra, Hollenbeck and Amanda Rabith. Both Rabith and Dal Pra reached on singles through the left side, while Hollenbeck made her way on thanks to a fielder's choice.
The Pirates responded in the bottom half of the inning, taking their first lead of the day with four runs on five hits. Whitworth tacked on five more in the fourth, before plating two more in the sixth.
Garcia, Yearman, Rabith, Dal Pra, Norton and Rosario all ended the game 1-for-3 from the plate, while Rojo finished 1-for-2.