Lewis & Clark loses both to open series

Lewis & Clark loses both to open series

NEWBERG, Ore. -- Lily Moffitt went 2 for 3 with an RBI as the Lewis & Clark Pioneers scored four runs in the final two innings of Saturday's 12-4 loss to the George Fox Bruins at Morse Athletic Field. The game ended in five innings.

The freshman infielder hit a fifth-inning single to score the Pios' final run of the game. Lewis & Clark fell behind 4-0 in the first.

Of the seven runs scored with her in the circle, Savannah Dickson was not charged with an earned run. She struck out five, allowed six hits and walked three.

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Key Moments

George Fox had two reach base to begin the bottom of the first inning, but a strikeout and a pop out gave Lewis & Clark two outs against the Bruins with two on. A throwing error led to two runs before Aaliyah Kautz hit a two-RBI single to put George Fox up by four.

Emily Drevdahl brought in her eighth RBI of the season when her groundout scored Kami Merrill. Braylin Jenson singled and scored prior to Drevdahl's at-bat and scored on Moffitt's single.

Sydney Cross hit her fourth career home run and first of the season in the fourth inning. She scored Olivia Brackin on the blast.

Deeper Look

  • Dickson's five strikeouts match her season high from last weekend against Pacific Lutheran
  • Drevdahl replaced Dickson and allowed five runs, one earned, on three hits
  • Only one of George Fox's 12 runs were earned against Lewis & Clark pitchers
  • Olivia Brackin, who had two fielding errors, had her fourth straight game with a hit
  • Merrill had her first career stolen base, while Jenson, also a freshman, had her fourth of the season
  • Lewis & Clark's 12 runs allowed are its most in a Northwest Conference game this year and second most in any game this season

Game 2

The Lewis & Clark Pioneers were defeated 10-1 over five inninngs in Saturday's finale against the George Fox Bruins, which scored nine runs in the third inning.

Emily Drevdahl had Lewis & Clark's lone RBI, a groundout that scored Kami Merrill in the third. Sydney Cross hit her second double of the season and ninth of her career.

Megan Anderson allowed four earned runs on five hits over 3 1/3 innings. She struck out four.

Key Moments

Lewis & Clark (3-7, 1-5 NWC) was held to a single hit for the first time since 2015. George Fox starter Winter Ridgeway almost notched the no-hitter with five strikeouts over five innings.

In the third, Merrill started the top half by reaching on an error and advancing to second base. She moved to third during Drevdahl's groundout, and Lily Moffitt struck out to end the inning. The following inning, Frankie Warden was hit by a pitch with one out and advanced to third on Cross' double, but both were stranded. The Pioneers went down in order in the fifth.

Deeper Look

  • Holly Hale played in her first game since Feb. 17 on a pinch-hit appearance in the fifth inning
  • Lewis & Clark's 17 at-bats were its fewest since 2014
  • Anderson fell to 0-4 on the season in starts
  • Hannah Urbach, who entered the weekend in the Northwest Conference's top two for on-base percentage, drew a walk
  • Kimi Ito and Savannah Vargas had two hits apiece for George Fox (4-3, 2-3 NWC)

Looking Ahead

Lewis & Clark hosts Willamette in a four-game series starting on Mar. 16.