Pioneers plate 16 runs in final set of SoCal swing

Pioneers plate 16 runs in final set of SoCal swing

Game 1 - Occidental 7, Lewis & Clark 6

LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- Jenai Rojo's double brought in two of Lewis & Clark's four seventh inning runs to help the Pioneers take a 6-3 lead over Occidental before the home team Tigers scored four in the bottom of the inning to rally back for a 7-6 defeat of the Pios on Sunday afternoon.

After her double brought in the tying run in the sixth inning, Alex Battest hit a walk-off single in the seventh inning to win the game for Occidental at Bell Softball Field.

"A total heartbreaker," said head coach Shawna Cyrus. "We did great, but allowed the walk-off at the end. We showed some very good offensive production, but just couldn't shut them down in the seventh."

Brooke Koran (pictured right) pitched the entire game, allowing 13 hits, seven runs, six earned and one walk against 33 batters.

Lewis & Clark's five runs in the final two innings was nearly enough to help the Pios overcome an offensive lull after Pagie Salavea scored a run in the first inning off an Occidental error. The Pioneers sent no more than four batters up in any of the next four innings.

In the sixth, Rojo singled with one out before Hannah Dal Pra was hit by a pitch, giving the Pios two base runners. Ateisha Norton's single was followed by an Occidental error, scoring Sarah Reyes who had pinch ran for Rojo. Dal Pra scored after Zoe Juarez grounded out to second to put the Pios back up 3-2.

Stephanie Garcia and Salavea hit back-to-back singles to open the seventh. Two batters later, Brooke Koran singled up the middle to score Salavea before Rojo's double added two more runs.

Lewis & Clark gave up a single and a walk to open the bottom of the seventh before Mackensie Priley singled in a run to close the lead to two. Garcia threw out Cora Roberts at home on Natalie Glover's single before Alexis Funak's sacrifice fly brought in another run with two outs. Bailey Stevenson hit an RBI single to tie the game before Battest's walk-off.

Rojo had the Pios' only multi-hit game, bringing in two scores. Salavea, Koran, Norton and Garcia had the other Lewis & Clark hits, and Tiana Rosario stole a base. Battest finished 4 for 4 to lead Occidental.

Game 2 - Lewis & Clark 10, Occidental 1

The second contest against Occidental nearly mirrored the first except the Pios didn't allow a run after the opening inning in a 10-1 victory. Lewis & Clark scored two runs in the first, five in the sixth and three in the seventh on 13 hits in its largest win of the year.

Lindsay Yearman was 2 for 3 including a triple, while Paige Salavea, Jenai Rojo and Kady Bruce brought in two runs apiece. Jill Pinder threw five innings and allowed only one run on four hits. She struck out two against 19 total batters.

"Jill Pinder was absolutely shutting them down on the mound until she had to pull herself because of injury," said head coach Shawna Cyrus. "Kalin Rooney stepped right up to close the game out for her."

Rooney allowed two hits and no runs with two strikeouts in the final two innings.

"Our offensive production was unreal. Once we started get hits, it became contagious," said Cyrus. "I'm so proud of the way we ended the weekend. The team had so much fun and was really playing together."

Rojo hit a two-run single with two outs in the opening inning, scoring Stephanie Garcia and Salavea. Occidental's only run came on Mackensie Priley's single in the bottom of the first.

Brooke Koran opened the sixth inning with a single before Emily Drevdahl pinch ran for her and stole a base. Rojo singled to move Drevdahl to third. She scored on an error. Yearman singled two batters later before Ashley Bolick singled in another run. Salavea closed the inning's scoring with a two-RBI triple, her second three-base hit of the game.

Lewis & Clark added three more in the seventh inning on a single by Bruce and a sacrifice fly by Tiana Rosario.

The Pioneers have scored at least four runs in all but one of their games so far, and twice have gone for 10-plus.

Before Northwest Conference play opens on Feb. 27, the Pios play a doubleheader at Walla Walla on Feb. 21 starting at noon.

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