PORTLAND, Ore. -- After leading the entire game until the end of the seventh, the Lewis & Clark Pioneers answered the four Puget Sound Loggers runs in the eighth with three of their own, but came up short in a 6-5 loss in the opening game.
Wearing pink jerseys with blue writing, the colors of thyroid cancer awareness, the Pios moved back within one in the eighth inning when Zoe Juarez hit a two-RBI single. The score followed Sydney Cross' first career home run with one out.
Despite a career-high nine strikeouts, freshman Megan Anderson couldn't come out on top of the battle with Puget Sound starter Jessica Gott. Anderson gave up 11 hits and six runs with two walks. Gott (2-8) allowed five runs on nine hits with six strikeouts and three walks.
Scoreless through the game's first four innings, Marissa Oda singled to score the tying run of the game for the Loggers in the sixth inning. Mackensie Pearlstein had singled in a run the inning before.
Juarez turned a walk into two stolen bases to get to third base and score during Paige Salavea's groundout to help the Pios regain the lead 2-1 in the bottom of the fifth inning. Kumasaka also had a stolen base in the game.
The Pioneers and Loggers were postponed by weather in the third inning with the game tied 0-0. The teams will resume Game 2 on Sunday at 12 p.m. with Game 3 to follow. The fourth game of the series is postponed with a make-up date pending.