Dickson moves to 3-0, Warden homers in victory over first-place PLU

Dickson moves to 3-0, Warden homers in victory over first-place PLU

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Frankie Warden's two-run home run was part of a five-run sixth inning as the Lewis & Clark Pioneers defeated the Pacific Lutheran Lutes 6-3 on Saturday at Huston Sports Complex.

The win is the Pios first in Northwest Conference play and kept them at .500 this season overall. Lewis & Clark is 3-3 overall and 1-1 in the NWC.

Savannah Dickson pitched a complete game without allowing an earned run while also notching her first career hit.

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Key Moments

Trailing 3-1 after allowing two runs in the top half of the inning, Lewis & Clark started the bottom of the sixth on Olivia Brackin's single and Warden's home run, the second of her career. Ana Zimmerman and Hannah Urbach hit back-to-back singles before Dickson singled through the left side, her second hit of the game. An error allowed pinch runner Sierra Gundersen to score her second run of the season. Emily Drevdahl reached on an error and Urbach came in to score the fifth run of the inning. The Pioneers had five of their seven hits in the bottom of the sixth.

Dickson, who improved to 3-0 this season, retired 11 straight batters through four innings pitched including three strikeouts. The only Lutes to reach base in the first five innings were on an error, a groundout or a fielder's choice. She retired all three batters she faced in the seventh.

Deeper Look

  • Brackin hit an RBI double in the third for her team-high eighth of the season
  • PLU's Elise Freund hit a two-RBI single to score two runs for the Lutes in the top of the sixth
  • Brackin and Urbach are hitting .500 this season, which is tied for second in the Northwest Conference
  • Dickson's 1.83 earned run average is the lowest of her career and ranks third in the conference
  • She has the second-most wins of any NWC pitcher
  • Braylin Jenson had a sacrifice bunt
  • Z Ellis has a NWC-best four wins, but lost her second game of the season after allowing two earned runs, walking two and striking out five on Saturday

Game 1

The Lewis & Clark Pioneers lost 11-2 in six innings to the Pacific Lutheran Lutes in Saturday's Northwest Conference Opener at Huston Sports Complex.

Brackin had a first-inning RBI before PLU scored 11 unanswered runs. Urbach singled in a run in the Pios' half of the sixth and finished with the their only two-hit game.

Key Moments

Drevdahl hit a single in her first at bat and reached third on a wild pitch and Lily Moffitt's sacrifice bunt. Brackin scored her on the next at bat.

Pacific Lutheran (9-4, 1-1 NWC) had a big fourth scoring after three straight singles to open the inning. Sydney Victor hit a double and scored two, and Lewis & Clark starter Megan Anderson was pulled after 2 1/3 innings. Bailey Plumb, Kennedy Robillard, Marley Dyer and Victor all had a multi-RBI game.

Urbach's RBI single followed Zimmerman's double in the sixth inning, which was the only other extra-base hit for the Pios other than Urbach's double in the fourth.

Deeper Look

  • Kennedy Robillard won her fourth game of the season after pitching six innings with six hits and two runs allowed
  • Anderson walked three and struck out one to go with four earned runs and six hits
  • Drevdahl pitched 3 2/3 innings of relief, her longest outing of the season
  • Samantha Simundson had an RBI and leads the conference with 16 this year for Pacific Lutheran

Looking Ahead

The Pioneers host the Lutes again on Sunday. Their series-deciding doubleheader starts at noon at Huston Sports Complex.

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