Pios split after lengthy season opener

Pios split after lengthy season opener

Game 1 - Lewis & Clark 11, La Sierra 5

RIVERSIDE, Calif. -- Hannah Dal Pra and Tiana Rosario combined for five hits and five RBI as Lewis & Clark opened its 2016 campaign with an 11-5 victory over the La Sierra Golden Eagles on Friday afternoon.

The Pioneers put up eight runs in the final two innings, which included a home run by Ateisha Norton to deep left-center field in the sixth inning, to start the season with a win.

Kalin Rooney relieved starter Jill Pinder in the third inning to claim the win. Along with Rooney and Pinder, freshman Sarah Reyes pitched two innings in the game, joining Pinder with two strikeouts in the game.

Stephanie Garcia also had a multi-hit game, scoring two runs and stealing a base. Lindsay Yearman stole twice, while hitting 1 for 3 with two runs scored, and Rosario stole once.

"It was so exciting to be able to see our finished product on the field competing," said head coach Shawna Cyrus. "We have so much depth all over the place and were able to try people in different positions. We can really hit the ball, and they're a fun group to watch."

Along with Norton's home run, the Pios landed four extra-base hits, the other three of which were doubles by Dal Pra, Brooke Koran and Jenai Rojo.

Lewis & Clark opened the scoring in the top of the third when Koran doubled down the left-field line, scoring Rojo and Norton. The following inning, Yearman scored when Rosario reached on a fielder's choice following Paige Salavea's single.

Dal Pra reached base on an error in the sixth, scoring Yearman and Garcia. She later scored when Rojo doubled prior to Norton's homer. In the seventh, Ashley Bolick and Garcia scored on a Rosario single and an error. Rosario later scored when Dal Pra doubled.

La Sierra was held scoreless until the sixth inning except for a solo home run by Brintey Martinez in the bottom of the third.

Game 2 - La Sierra 7, Lewis & Clark 2 (6 innings)

The home team Golden Eagles posted five runs over the first three innings, and Lewis & Clark scored no more after getting two in the second, as the Pios fell 7-2 in a six-inning finale to the doubleheader.

Freshman Emily Drevdahl scored her first career run on Zoe Juarez's first career RBI before Lindsay Yearman scored on a wild throw to tie the game at 2-2 after the top of the second inning.

La Sierra used a bunt by Melanie Vidaurri and a ball put into play by Monique Carter to lead by two after the first inning. Genifer Garbellini and Rylie Ruckle had two RBI apiece the rest of the game to help the Golden Eagles to the win.

"We had a really long game in the opener and just ran out of gas in the second game," said head coach Shawna Cyrus. "It was so hot and the energy was down, and they were fighting to make a comeback."

Drevdahl got the start at pitcher, giving up seven hits and five runs, four earned, over two innings. Kady Bruce replaced her, striking out three over 2 1/3 innings while allowing three hits, two runs and two walks. Sarah Reyes recorded the final two outs for the Pios.

La Sierra committed six errors over the two games while the Pioneers had only one.

Lewis & Clark plays two games at Pomona-Pitzer on Saturday before closing the road trip with a pair at Occidental on Sunday.

Other Northwest Conference Games - Friday

Pacific Lutheran 11, Benedictine 1 (5 inn.)
Pacific 8, Pomona-Pitzer 4
Pacific Lutheran 6, Benedictine 5
Pacific 9, Whittier 1 (6 inn.) 


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