By Tim Cable
The Lewis & Clark Pioneers scored all five of their runs in the second inning to take the second game of a Northwest Conference doubleheader, 5-1, and split the day with the visiting Willamette Bearcats at Hutson Sports Complex.
Kalin Rooney pitched a complete game for Lewis & Clark, allowing six hits and one run in the victory. Rooney threw 70 strikes on 105 pitches, improving to 3-7 on the year. Willamette starter Morgan Penn (1-2) was chased in the second inning after Lewis & Clark scored their first three runs.
The Pioneers had nine hits and were led by Ariel Trinidad and Stephanie Garcia offensively. Trinidad hit her first career extra-base hit, a double in the second inning, while Garcia had two hits in the game. Her double and RBI added to the Lewis & Clark lead in the second inning. The Pioneers were aided by two Willamette errors.
"My team was going wild in the dugout, and I just fed off of that," Trinidad said about the at-bat leading up to her hit.
Trinidad and Garcia both talked about the energy Lewis & Clark brought for the second game.
"The first game we were a little more quiet, but this game the energy was up and that really helped us to bring in the hits," said Garcia, who finished 2 for 3.
The Pioneers improved to 4-19 overall and 4-15 in the NWC on the season. Willamette falls to 10-10 overall and 8-6 in the NWC.
Willamette defeated Lewis & Clark, 9-2, in the first game of Saturday's doubleheader. The Bearcats used a four-run fifth inning to pull away from the Pioneers.
Pioneers starting pitcher Kaili Akimseu (1-7) gave up four runs before being relieved by Savannah Dickson with one out in the fifth. Dickson inherited runners on first and second and was unable to get the Pioneers out of the inning before three more runs crossed the plate. Willamette had 15 hits on the day, led by Jocelyn Glasgo who went 4 for 4 with home run. Two errors hurt Lewis & Clark as well.
The Pioneers had seven hits, but were unable to get more than two runs, as starting pitcher Jade Smith threw a complete game. Smith threw 61 strikes on 86 pitches, going the distance for a complete-game win to move to 6-5 on the season.
In the bottom of the fourth, Lewis & Clark had a chance to bring the score closer when Jenai Rojo hit a double to the wall and advanced to third on a wild pitch. The Pioneers had their opportunities with no outs, but two groundouts to second and a strikeout ended the inning. The Pioneers would score a run the next inning, but the deficit was too large.
Lewis & Clark finishes the series against the Bearcats on Sunday. It'll be Senior Day with another doubleheader starting at noon.
Other Northwest Conference Scores - Saturday
Whitworth 9, Puget Sound 2
Pacific 2, George Fox 1
Pacific Lutheran 3, Linfield 0
George Fox 4, Pacific 3
Whitworth 7, Puget Sound 4