Pioneers struggle to get bats going, drop two in Florida

Pioneers struggle to get bats going, drop two in Florida

CLERMONT, Fla. -- The Lewis & Clark Pioneers put the first run on the board with a homer by Emily Drevdahl in the first but could not hold off Hamilton to drop their first game of their Flordia tournament 7-2. The Pioneers struggled to get the bats going earning only three hits to Hamilton's 10. Caitlin Berreitter led Hamilton with three hits in four at-bats while Drevdahl, Savannah Dickson and Lisa Kumasaka recorded hits for the Pioneers.

Dickson pitched all seven inning for the Pioneers and recorded one strikeout. Morgan Hartranft pitched the whole game for Hamilton earning eight strikeouts and her sixth win of the season.

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Key Moments

The Pioneers were the first to strike out of the gate with a leadoff home run from Drevdahl in the bottom of the first inning. This would be the Pioneers only lead of the game as Hamilton got their bats going in the second.

Hamilton kicked off the inning with Emily Frasier advancing to first after being hit by a pitch. A sacrifice bunt from Helen Lin allowed Frasier to advance to second. Two sacrifice bunt later Hamilton found themselves leading the game 2-0. With two runners in scoring position and only one out on the board the Pioneers struggled to control a wild pitch allowing Hamilton their third run of the game. Hamilton entered the third inning with a 4-1 lead and continued to add on a run at a time while the Pioneers struggled to gain any momentum. 

Deeper Look

  • The Pioneers three hits is their second-lowest hitting performance this season behind only their one hit performance against George Fox on Mar. 9
  • Drevdahl's home run is her fifth this season. She is second on the team in home runs behind only Olivia Brackin who has six
  • Kumasaka recorded her fourth stolen base of the season
  • Lily Moffitt had her fifth career RBI

Game 2

Cold bats and numerous errors kept the Pioneers from getting the upper hand against Carleton in their second game in Florida. The Pioneers totaled four hits and six errors in route to a 7-2 loss to the Knights. Emily Drevdahl had her second RBI in as many games while Zoe Juarez notched her second RBI of the season. After a scoreless first inning the Knights put the first runs of the game on the board in the second inning. The Pioneers fought back to tie the game in the top of the fourth but the Knights responded with three runs in the bottom of the fourth.

Megan Anderson started the game for the Pioneers in the circle allowing five hits and seven runs while striking out three batters. Savannah Dickson came in to relieve Anderson in the fourth inning and recorded two strikeouts of her own. Sarah Ogle pitched all seven innings for the Knights and earned her second win of the season. 

Key Moments

Trailing 2-0 in the third Hannah Urbach kicked off the inning for the Pioneers reaching first base on a walk. A hard ground ball to the third basemen by Sierra Gunderson allowed Urbach to reach second while Gunderson was thrown out at first. With two outs on the board, Drevdahl found a gap in right-center field to score Urbach but Drevdahl was caught trying to go for second to end the inning. 

The following inning Lisa Kumasaka kicked off the inning for the Pioneers with a single. Kumasaka managed to steal second and third to give the Pios a runner in scoring position with only one out on the board. Juarez then sent a line drive to left field to score Kumasaka and tie the game at two apiece. 

Back-to-back errors in the bottom of the fourth allowed the Knights to get two runners on and a runner in scoring position with no outs. The Knights' Shelby Johnson then singled to right field to bring in a run and put the Knights back on top 3-2. A subsequent wild pitch then allowed the Knights to move a runner to third base who was then brought in by a sacrifice fly from Carelton's Maris Daleo. 

Deeper Look

  • Olivia Brackin recorded her second. double of the season
  • Anderson and Dickson combined for five strikeouts which matches their second-highest total this season behind only the eight strikeouts the Pioneers threw against Northwest on Feb. 16
  • Kumasaka recorded two stolen bases and now leads the team in stolen bases with six on the season
  • The Pioneers' six errors matches their season high which they set on Mar. 3 against Pacific Lutheran

Looking Ahead

The Pioneers play in their second day of The Spring Games tournament in Flordia tomorrow taking on Union (N.Y) and Colby.

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