TACOMA, Wash. -- The Lewis & Clark Pioneers lost their first game of their second double header against the Pacific Lutheran Lutes this Sunday afternoon, 9-5. The Pios are now 1-2 against the Lutes going into the fourth game after splitting Saturday's double header.
The Pioneers had a slow start not earning a single hit in the first three innings while the Lutes went up 7-0. Sydne Cross was finally able to bring in a run at the top of the fourth after sending a RBI double down left center to bring in Zoe Juarez. In that same inning Ateisha Norton hit an RBI single to left field to bring in Cross making the score 2-7. Pacific Lutheran then cancelled out the Pios two runs with a 2 RBI home run by Anna Overland.
At the top of the fifth Paige Salavea hit an RBI double to right field to bring in Hannah Urbach making the score 3-9. This was Salavea's first double and RBI since being back because she was unable to play last year due to an injury.
The Pios then brought the score to 5-9 after Frankie Warden hit a RBI single which brought in Norton and then Urbach hit another RBI single to bring in Warden.
The Pioneers and the Lutes had a one hit difference, (Pioneers with nine and Lutes with 10), but the Pios had two key errors to the Lutes one.
The Pioneers were the first to strike in the second game, bringing in one run at the top of the third inning. Pacific Lutheran had a throwing error after Stephanie Garcia grounded out to second base which led to Ana Zimmerman advancing to third then scoring at home base.
The Lutes then answered back with five runs at the bottom of the fourth with four runs coming from Corina Jones who hit a grand slam.
Even though this was the first grand slam of this season, Lewis & Clark was not fazed. At the top of the sixth the Pioneers brought in another two runs. The first when Emily Drevdahl hit an RBI double to left field to bring in Salavea and the second with Drevdahl stole home base.
With the score now 3-5 and the momentum of the game behind the Pioneers, they were able to shut out the Lutes at the bottom of the sixth and then score seven runs at the top of the seventh. This was the most runs in an inning by the the pioneers this season so far. It started off with Warden hitting an RBI single to center field to bring in Holly Hale. Zoe Juarez then hit a 2 RBI single to right field to bring in Warden and Garcia. Drevdahl then took the plate and hit another RBI single to bring in Salavea. With the score now 7-5, Norton hit a RBI double to center field to bring in Juarez followed by Lisa Kumasaka hitting an RBI single to bring in Drevdahl. The seventh and final run of the inning came from Zimmerman flying out to right field which allowed Norton to run home.
"We showed so much character and fight." said Head Coach Shawna Cyrus "That offensive explosion had been bottled up in us for awhile, and it finally just unleashed. It was great to see our team just relax and have fun with each other."
The Pioneers finished this game with 11 hits and one error compared to the Lutes seven hits and also one error.
Lewis & Clark's pitcher Savannah Dickson had 66 strikes out of 114 pitches to help lead the Pios to this victory.
By splitting the weekend with Pacific Lutheran the Pioneers overall record is now 3-5 and 2-2 in the Northwest Conference.
Lewis & Clark will stay on the road travelling to Willamette this weekend where they will have another two double headers. The first double header is on Saturday March 10 at 12 p.m. with the second on Sunday March 11 at 12 p.m.