PORTLAND, Ore. -- The weather allowed the Lewis & Clark Pioneers to play at the Huston Sports Complex for the first time this season, but the Pioneers were unable to get strong offensive output in a pair of losses to the Pacific Lutheran Lutes in the final two games of their four-game set.
Stranding baserunners in the first two game of the series had hurt Lewis & Clark. In Sunday's first game, a 5-0 loss to the Lutes, the Pios couldn't get runners on base, totaling three hits and stranding four overall. Meanwhile, Pacific Lutheran put up 10 hits and capitalized on three Lewis & Clark errors, which was a season high.
The Lutes (10-2; 6-0 NWC) took the lead on Annalise Campbell's sacrifice fly in the second and Anna Overland's RBI double in the third. Bailey Plumb hit a double to bring in another run before the Lutes scored again on an error in the fourth.
Savannah Dickson (0-2) started and took the loss for Lewis & Clark. The freshman pitched two innings, allowed two hits and a run against nine batters. Kalin Rooney, who took over after Kaili Akimseu pitched 1 1/3 innings, faced the majority of PLU's batters, 16, throwing 3 2/3 innings without giving up an earned run on four hits. She struck out three.
Marissa Miller (6-0) won her sixth game of the season for the Lutes.
Lewis & Clark took a 1-0 lead in the third inning before allowing two runs in the next half-inning on the way to a 5-1 defeat to Pacific Lutheran.
Much like Saturday's second game, the Pioneers led off the bottom of the seventh with a runner, as Holly Hale drew a pinch-hit walk. She was stranded, however, to seal the game for the Lutes. The scoreboard nearly mirrored the first game of the day, with PLU out hitting Lewis & Clark, 10-3, but the Pioneers were better defensively, not committing an error.
Kaili Akimseu (0-4) pitched six innings and struck out three on eight hits and five runs. Elli Rassbach (3-2) threw a complete game, allowing three hits and a run. She struck out six. Rassbach also hit a three-run home run in sixth inning for Pacific Lutheran.
The Pioneers (0-8; 0-4 NWC) travel to Puget Sound on Mar. 11-12 for their next series.
Other Northwest Conference Scores - Sunday
Pacific 6, Puget Sound 0