Lewis & Clark finally slowed after five straight wins

Lewis & Clark finally slowed after five straight wins

PORTLAND, Ore. -- A flurry of extra base hits prevented the Lewis & Clark Pioneers from taking their Northwest Conference series against Pacific on Sunday at Huston Sports Complex. The Pios allowed 10 extra base hits to the visiting Boxers in Sunday's doubleheader finale, as Lewis & Clark lost 7-3 and 9-2.

"Tough day at the field. I've never seen a team come out for revenge like Pacific did today," said Lewis & Clark head coach Shawna Cyrus. "They mashed the ball all day and had so much energy in their dugout. We definitely had a lot of opportunities to stay in both games and make comebacks, but just fell short in a couple big situations."

The Pios split the series after winning both on Saturday and enter the final weekend of NWC play tied with Pacific Lutheran for fifth in the conference standings. Lewis & Clark will need to sweep George Fox in next weekend's four-game series, Pacific to lose three at Willamette and Pacific Lutheran to lose at least once to guarantee a NWC tournament spot. The top four teams make the postseason.

Lewis & Clark never led on Sunday after allowing big first innings by the Boxers. Pacific scored four in the opening inning of the day before adding a score in the second and third as well. Lewis & Clark closed to within 6-3 after scoring runs in the first, fourth and fifth innings on RBI from Jenai Rojo, Ateisha Norton and Paige Salavea. Salavea (pictured below right) finished 2 for 4 for the Pios' only multi-hit performance. 

Kaili-Ann Akimseu (2-1) lasted an inning as Lewis & Clark's starter after giving up three earned runs on two hits. Emily Drevdahl pitched the final six innings.

Marissa Reichard (15-6) threw back-to-back complete games to win her 14th and 15th games of the season.

In the second game, home runs by Haley Kodama, Megan Winans and Emily Tesdale helped the Boxers to a seven-run win. Pacific scored five in the opening inning including the homers by Kodama and Winans.

Drevdahl hit a double and triple, bringing in runs on both, for Lewis & Clark's only scores. Zoe Juarez, Salavea and Drevdahl had two hits apiece.

Kady Bruce (3-5), who won the opener on Saturday, took the pitching loss for the Pioneers. She lasted 2/3 of an inning before Kalin Rooney threw five in relief. Sarah Reyes finished the final 1 1/3 innings.

Lewis & Clark celebrates Senior Day on Saturday, hosting a doubleheader with George Fox in the first half of a home-and-home. The final two games of the season will be played in Newberg, Ore. on Apr. 17.

Other Northwest Conference Scores - Sunday

Linfield 3, Puget Sound 0
George Fox 11, Willamette 5
Whitworth 4, Pacific Lutheran 3
Linfield 10, Puget Sound 7 (7 inn.)
Whitworth 9, Pacific Lutheran 8
George Fox 7, Willamette 0