Pioneers split series against the Bearcats

Pioneers split series against the Bearcats

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Trailing 5-0, the Lewis & Clark Pioneers used a three-run sixth and added another in the seventh to nearly come back. Instead, the Pios lost to the Willamette Bearcats 5-4 on Sunday in game three of the series at Huston Sports Complex.

Olivia Brackin hit a home run in her third straight game, Kami Merrill had an RBI and Frankie Warden hit a seventh-inning triple. The Pioneers only had eight hits compared to the Bearcats' 12. The Pioneers also left seven runners stranded on base.

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Key Moments

In the bottom of the sixth inning, the Pioneers made a comeback to try and tie the game after being down 5-0. Brackin hit a home run to get the Pioneers on the scoreboard, and then Frankie Warden was hit by a pitch to get on base. After Ana Zimmerman singled, Braylin Jenson came into to pinch run, and ended up stealing home to add another run for the Pioneers. Lastly Sydney Cross scored on a single, but the Pioneers grounded out for their third out to end their run streak.

In the bottom of the seventh, the Pioneers had another opportunity to come back from their deficit against the Bearcats. Lily Moffitt started the Pioneers off with a single, but right after the Pioneers got their second out when Brackin flied out. Warden stepped up with a double to allow Moffitt to come home to add another run to the score. The Pioneers trailed by one, but Zimmerman ended up closing out the inning with a line out to end with a score of 4-5.

Deeper Look

  • Warden tied with her total RBIs from last season
  • Brackin hit her sixth homerun of the season
  • Savannah Dickson took the (4-4) loss
  • Dickson reached 74 strikeouts

Game 2

The Pioneers closed out their series to the Willamette Bearcats with a final score of 2-2 after this weekend. The Pioneers lost their second game of their Sunday's doubleheader against the Bearcats with a final score of 5-2.

The Pioneers struggled to start strong early with the Bearcats taking an early lead in the first inning with three runs. The Pioneers also had two errors along with eight runners stranded on base. Although, the Pioneers did not have one batter strike out against the Bearcats.

Key Moments

In the top of the first inning, the Pioneers allowed one hit to center field, and this got the Bearcats on a roll. Shortly after, a Bearcat hit a homerun that allowed two runners to come in to score. The Pioneers allowed one more run in the inning before shutting them out with foul out at third.

In the bottom of the fifth inning, the Pioneers tried to spark a comeback again, and Emily Drevdahl stepped up to the plate. Drevdahl started the inning with a homer to right field to get the Pioneers rolling. Soon after, Warden reached on an error by the Bearcats, and then stole a base to advance to second base. Sydney Cross then hit a double to bring Warden home. Jenson fouled out for the Pioneers' final out of the inning.

Deeper Look

  • Drevdahl hit her ninth career home run with reaching 65 career RBIs
  • Cross hit 22 career RBIs
  • Drevdahl also had a career-high of three strikeouts in a game
  • Megan Anderson took the (1-6) loss
  • Dickson had her 75th career strikeout

Looking Ahead

The Pioneers head to Florida to play in a tournament against Carleton on Mar. 24 at 6:45 a.m.

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