Pios fierce offensively to earn Saturday sweep

Photo by Robert Garcia-Magdaleno
Photo by Robert Garcia-Magdaleno

FOREST GROVE, Ore. -- Stephanie Garcia, Frankie Warden and Sydney Cross had two hits apiece, and Megan Anderson didn't allow a run on three hits in a complete-game victory, as the Lewis & Clark Pioneers defeated the Pacific Boxers, 5-0, in Saturday's opener at Sherman-Larkins Stadium.

"What a turn around from yesterday," said head coach Shawna Cyrus. "That is who we are. We just need to believe it all the time.

"Our entire team contributed today and everyone was having so much fun in the dugout. I don't think any team could compete with our energy and fire today."

After finishing without scoring a run in both games on Friday, Lewis & Clark continued to be scoreless into the fourth before the Pios loaded the bases on the first three batters. Emily Drevdahl and Cross hit back-to-back RBI singles followed by two more runs crossing on groundouts. In the seventh inning, Lisa Kumasaka scored when Ateisha Norton reached on an error.

Anderson (3-9) had her best start since her collegiate debut in February when she also allowed three hits against Claremont M-S. On Saturday, however, Anderson earned the win in the seventh complete-game effort of her freshman season.

Garcia and Warden each had a double, and Kumasaka stole a base.

Game 4

Lewis & Clark built a 5-0 lead through four innings in the second game of the day and held on for a 6-4 victory to split the weekend series with Pacific.

In game two, Stephanie Garcia was joined by Ateisha Norton for a pair of hits apiece. Frankie Warden hit her fourth double of the season to score the game's first run in the opening inning. The Pios added three in the third on RBI singles by Paige Salavea and Emily Drevdahl, and Salavea's run on a groundout. In the fourth inning, Zoe Juarez hit a single and stole second before also taking third. An error allowed her to race home and score.

At that point, the Pios had outscored the Boxers, 10-0, through the first 11 innings of the day. Pacific bounced back to score three in the fifth and one more in the seventh inning. In between, Hannah Urbach scored during Salavea's steal attempt.

In the circle, Savannah Dickson (4-8) earned her fourth victory and Megan Anderson notched her third save. Dickson allowed four hits with two strikeouts and an earned run allowed. Anderson gave up one run on four hits.

In their last six wins, the Pioneers have scored at least five runs.

"Our team is so committed to being good teammates right now and celebrating the little things," said Cyrus. "We're hopeful to take this momentum to Spokane next weekend."

The Pios (8-16, 7-13 NWC) travel to Whitworth next weekend.

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