FOREST GROVE, Ore. -- Frankie Warden had her fifth multi-hit game of the season and Paige Salavea went 2 for 3 as well in a 3-0 loss for the Lewis & Clark Pioneers to open their series at Sherman-Larkins Stadium on Friday against the Pacific Boxers.
Warden has had all of her two-plus-hit games since Mar. 11 after having one as a freshman in last season's finale. The Pioneers left 11 on base in the opener against Boxers starter Alyssa Burns (6-3) who pitched to a complete-game win.
"Today was a tough day for us," said Pioneers head coach Shawna Cyrus. "We hit the ball really well in the first game and felt in control, but just couldn't scrape together a run.
"Pacific on the other hand, took advantage of all their opportunities, and that made the difference."
The Pioneers (6-16, 5-13 NWC) made two errors including one that led to a score by Kaitlynn Donaca when Nicole Martinez stole second in the fourth inning. Savannah Dickson (4-7) threw the whole game for the Pios and took the loss despite allowing fewer hits than Burns, 6-5.
Lewis & Clark had a runner in scoring position with one out in four of the seven innings including the first. Salavea walked and stole second but was stranded. Two innings later, Salavea singled again and moved to second on Warden's base hit. Emily Drevdahl reached third base by the third batter of the fourth inning after her single and a throwing error, but was thrown out at home on a wild pitch. In the sixth, Drevdahl led off with a walk and was bunted over by Zoe Juarez before a double play ended the inning.
"Frankie hit the ball solid all day and had really good at-bats," said Cryus. "Paige was a great leadoff, getting on multiple times. We were just missing that RBI person that we so desperately needed."
Martinez led the Boxers with a two-hit, one-RBI game.
Lewis & Clark mustered just two hits against Boxers starter Ashley Martin in a 7-0 defeat to close out Friday's opening day.
Martin improved to 6-3 this season after allowing the two hits without a run nor a strikeout. Megan Anderson (2-9) gave up six earned runs and 12 hits with one strikeout in the loss.
"The second game we never got anything going and never really threatened," said Cyrus.
Cross hit a double in the second inning, but was left at second base. She was the only runner the Pios had at second base or farther with one out all game.
Pacific had two three-run innings in the second and sixth. Haley Kodama finished 3 for 4 with four RBI on two doubles and Jill Uyeda went 3 for 3. Montana Vaught also added a double.
The teams complete their series on Saturday at noon.