Brackin goes deep twice, Anderson and Dickson pitch to a doubleheader sweep

Brackin goes deep twice, Anderson and Dickson pitch to a doubleheader sweep

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Olivia Brackin hit her fourth home run on the year and Savannah Dickson didn't allow a run in a complete-game 3-0 victory over the Willamette Bearcats on Saturday at Huston Sports Complex.

The Pioneers didn't commit an error for just the second time all season. Dickson struck out four and allowed five hits to improve to 4-3 in her fifth complete game of the season. The junior has a career-low 3.40 earned-run average after Saturday's win.

Emily Drevdahl and Frankie Warden joined Brackin with multiple hits. Lily Moffitt made an unassisted double play for the final two outs of the game as the Pios won their first series-opening doubleheader since 2017.

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Key Moments

The Pioneers jumped on Willamette starter Jocelyn Glasgo early when Drevdahl hit a lead-off double and scored three batters later on Warden's RBI single.

Lewis & Clark's defense stranded Willamette baserunners in the second, third and fourth. In the third, the Bearcats picked up a one-out double from Glasgo who stole third, but during Vanessa Almaraz's at-bat, Bailey Hillmick was out on interference and the Pios remained ahead. Again in the fourth, Amber Griffith doubled with one out, but was left on third after back-to-back groundouts.

Brackin's home run, her second in as many games, brought in Drevdahl who hit a one-out single to get the Pios a baserunner.

Deeper Look

  • Lewis & Clark is 9-5 in its last 14 games against the Bearcats
  • Drevdahl's two-hit game is her sixth multi-hit game of the season, a team high
  • Similarly, Brackin and Warden now have five multiple-hit games and Brackin has four multi-RBI games, matching Drevdahl's team most
  • Moffitt had her first sacrifice since the NWC opener against Pacific Lutheran on Mar. 2
  • Kami Merrill and Drevdahl each picked up their second stolen base this season

Game 2

After an early grand slam put the Lewis & Clark Pioneers in a 4-0 hole, the Pios (5-9, 3-7 NWC) used two home runs of their own to rally back for a 6-4 win over the Willamette Bearcats on Saturday at Huston Sports Complex.

Brackin hit her second home run of the day and fifth of the season, and Warden added another, one of her three hits in the game. Megan Anderson picked up her first win of the year after pitching six-plus innings and allowing just four hits. Dickson notched her first career save.

Vanessa Almaraz hit the first-inning grand slam, part of a three-hit inning for the Bearcats (0-15, 0-10 NWC), who were limited to one hit the rest of the game.

Key Moments

Anderson and the defense put together three 1-2-3 innings after the first. Dickson replaced Anderson with one out in the seventh and earned a strikeout and forced a groundout.

Offensively, Merrill hit her second career double and brought in her first RBI since Mar. 3 during the second inning. Brackin went deep down the left-field line in the third and Warden hit a solo shot in the sixth, one of three runs for the Pios that completed the comeback. Braylin Jenson scored on a wild pitch and Drevdahl hit an RBI single.

Deeper Look

  • Brackin's five homers are the most by a freshman since Drevdahl hit four in 2016
  • With two RBI, she now has multiple RBI in three straight games and five multi-RBI games this season
  • Drevdahl has hit a double in four consecutive games
  • Ana Zimmerman had her second multi-hit game in her last three and third overall this season
  • Warden's three-hit game is the third of her career

Looking Ahead

The teams finish their series starting at noon on Sunday.

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