Pios unable to bring runners to plate in make-up loss

Pios unable to bring runners to plate in make-up loss

TACOMA, Wash. -- Brooke Koran hit one of her two doubles to score a run for the Pioneers in the second inning, but Lewis & Clark went on to leave four baserunners in scoring position in a 6-1 loss to Pacific Lutheran on Saturday afternoon.

The Pioneers, playing in a make-up game against the Lutes after the final of their four-game series from earlier this month at PLU Field was rained out, left seven runners on base overall, and allowed six runs in the third inning.

After Tiana Rosario's single advanced Koran to third base, she was thrown out at home two batters later during Stephanie Garcia's at-bat.

Lewis & Clark had other opportunities, including in the third inning when Paige Salavea led off with a double, getting to third on Zoe Juarez's sacrifice bunt. Emily Drevdahl reached base and stole second before Hannah Dal Pra was hit by a pitch to load the bases with two outs. Koran flied out to end the inning.

In the bottom half of the third, the Lutes scored wildly, putting up six runs on five hits and one Lewis & Clark error. Kathryn Hatlen had a two-RBI single, Gracen Malich doubled to center field to score three more runs and Kayla Russell reached on an error, which allowed another run to score.

"We had one bad inning today," said Lewis & Clark head coach Shawna Cyrus. "We gave them too much and they made us pay with one big hit.

"We hit the ball well, but just couldn't produce more runs."

The loss dropped Lewis & Clark to 1-7 in the Northwest Conference, and gave PLU three victories over the four-game series. The Pios play two more make-up games on Sunday, batting as the home team against Puget Sound in Tacoma. The series was supposed to be played in Portland, but was rained out.

"It was the first game of seven on our road trip, so we're hopeful we can turn things around," said Cyrus.

Lewis & Clark plays a pair at Eastern Oregon on Monday and another set at College of Idaho on Tuesday before a NWC series at Linfield on Mar. 25-26.

Kady Bruce fell to 1-2 after starting the game for the Pios. She pitched 2 1/3 innings and gave up five earned runs on six hits with two walks. Kalin Rooney finished the game, allowing four hits while striking out three and walking two. Marissa Miller, who won PLU's other two victories over Lewis & Clark, claimed the win over seven innings, allowing eight hits and striking out three.

Salavea (pictured right), Koran and Rosario finished with multi-hit games, with the latter two going 2 of 3. Koran had the Pios' only RBI.

Lewis & Clark's first game against Puget Sound starts at 11 a.m. on Sunday.

Other Northwest Conference Scores - Saturday

Whitworth 6, Tufts 0
George Fox 6, Wis.-La Crosse 0
George Fox 6, Wis.-Eau Claire 1
Linfield 2, Pacific 0
Pacific 3, Linfield 2 

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