Game 1: Lewis & Clark 4, Pomona-Pitzer 3
CLAREMONT, Calif. -- A four-run third inning was all it took for the Lewis & Clark Pioneers to hold on for a 4-3 victory over the Pomona-Pitzer Sagehens on Saturday afternoon.
Hannah Dal Pra went a perfect 4 for 4 from the plate and brought in a run to lead the way for the Pios offesively. Kady Bruce earned her first collegiate victory in the pitching circle, allowing five hits and two runs over three innings. Kalin Rooney picked up the save with a four-inning performance, allowing one hit and one run.
Garcia started the third inning with a single and scored when Paige Salavea reached base on a throwing error, eventually reaching third. Tiana Rosario brought Salavea in during the next at bat before Koran hit her double to center field. Holly Hale pinch ran for Koran, scoring after singles by Jenai Rojo and Dal Pra. A sacrifice fly by Ateisha Norton scored Rojo to round out the four-run inning.
Pomona-Pitzer earned two runs back in the bottom half of the third. Sam Carlson's two-out single scored Aryana Yee before Sofia Baig hit a single to score Liz Rodarte.
Lewis & Clark went the remainder of the game producing three hits, but allowed only one in the final four innings. Both teams stranded five runners over the same span.
All four of Dal Pra's hits were singles in the second, third, fifth and seventh innings, and she also stole one of the Pios' three bases along with Rosario and Zoe Juarez.
Game 2: Pomona-Pitzer 5, Lewis & Clark 4
After taking a 3-2 lead in the top of the fifth inning, the Lewis & Clark Pioneers allowed three runs in the bottom halves of the fifth and six innings to lose 5-4 at Pomona-Pitzer.
Freshman Zoe Juarez (pictured right) had a three-RBI game, going 2 for 2 from the plate. One of her hits was a double. Brooke Koran and Hannah Dal Pra also doubled in the game. Leadoff hitter Paige Salavea was 2 for 4 overall.
"Today we didn't play poorly, but we didn't play great either," said head coach Shawna Cyrus. "Our inexperience and youth showed today. We had some people really step up, but needed the group as a whole to step up together."
The Pioneers had a base runner in two of the first three innings after a double by Koran in the first and a single and stolen base by Emily Drevdahl in the second inning. Meanwhile, the Sagehens stranded seven runners over the first three innings, scoring one run.
Lewis & Clark scored in the fourth inning when Jenai Rojo crossed the plate after her single and Ateisha Norton flied out to center field. The following inning, Lindsay Yearman was hit by a pitch to start the inning, advancing to second on Stephanie Garcia's sacrifice bunt. Salavea singled to move Yearman to third before Juarez hit her double, scoring both.
Pomona-Pitzer answered with a two-RBI double by Emily Rockhil to score Sofia Baig and Paige Oliver.
Trailling 5-3, Lewis & Clark scored one run in the seventh when Salavea hit a two-out single, moving to second on a wild pitch. Zuarez scored her on a single to right field, but Koran popped up to end the inning.
Kalin Rooney took the loss after giving up three runs, two of which were earned, in 1 1/3 innings relief of starter Sarah Reyes, who gave up four hits and a run in three innings. Drevdahl finished the final 1 2/3 innings, allowing one run on two hits. At the plate, she was 1 for 3 with a stolen base.
Lewis & Clark plays two against Occidental on Sunday starting at 11 a.m.
Other Northwest Conference Scores - Saturday
Pacific Lutheran 13, Benedictine 2 (6 inn.)
Pacific 3, Claremont M-S 2 (8 inn.)
Pacific Lutheran 10, Benedictine 2 (6 inn.)
Pacific 1, Claremont M-S 1 (Final)
Chapman 9, Puget Sound 1 (5 inn.)
Chapman 6, Puget Sound 5