Zimmerman hits a grand slam as Pioneers close out Florida tournament with two wins

Zimmerman hits a grand slam as Pioneers close out Florida tournament with two wins

CLERMONT, Fla. -- The Lewis & Clark Pioneers dominated in a 10-2 win against the Kalamazoo Hornets. The Pioneers had 12 hits highlighted by a grand slam from Ana Zimmerman in the top of the third to give the Pioneers a 5-1 lead. Zimmerman lead the team with five RBIs while Frankie Warden and Hannah Urbach each added two apiece. 

Emily Drevdahl started the game for the Pioneers in the circle and pitched the complete six innings to earn her second with of the season. Kalamazoo's Keelin McManus earned the loss for the Hornets after allowing seven hits and seven runs in three and one-third innings pitched. 

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Key Moments

The Pioneers, playing as the away team kicked off scoring in the top of the first with a single from Olivia Brackin to score Lisa Kumasaka. The Hornets responded in the bottom of the first with a home run by Andrea MacMichael to even the game at one apiece.

Still tied in the top of the third Kumasaka kicked off the inning with a single and followed it up by stealing second to put herself in scoring position. The Hornets then proceeded to walk Brackin. A wild pitch allowed Brackin to steal second and Kumasaka to advance to third. Warden then reached first on a walk to load the bases with only one out and bring up Zimmerman who at the time had one home run on the season. Zimmerman sent a long shot over the left-center field fence to clear the bases and give the Pioneers a 5-1 lead. 

Deeper Look

  • Zimmerman recorded her first career grand slam and second home run of the season
    • Zimmerman is now one of four Pioneers with multiple home runs on the season
  • This marks the first game since Feb. 16 that the Pioneers have had double-digit runs
  • Kumasaka recorded a season-high three stolen bases
    • She leads the Pioneers in stolen bases with 11 on the season
  • Drevdahl pitched her second complete game of the season and allowed only two hits

Game 2

The Lewis & Clark Pioneers entered the bottom of the seventh inning tied at three apiece with Thomas (ME) but a single by Sydney Cross to score Sierra Gundersen ended the game with the Pioneers earning their second win of the day after previously defeating Kalamazoo 10-2. The Pioneers fell behind early in the game with Thomas scoring in the top of the first and adding another in the top of the third. Lewis & Clark responded with two runs in the third to even the game.

Cross led the Pioneers with two RBIs while Olivia Brackin and Frankie Warden each put up three hits apiece. Megan Anderson pitched all seven innings for the Pioneers and notched her second win this season while allowing four hits and striking out five.

Key Moments

Trailing 1-0 going into the top of the third Anderson struck out the lead-off batter but followed it up by walking Thomas's Kelsey Currier. The next batter up for Thomas, Bailey Dunphy, laid down a bunt but the Pioneers were to slow to get to the ball allowing Dunphy to reach first and Currier to advance to third. Dunphy stole second on the next pitch to give Thomas two runners in scoring position and only one out. The next batter up for Thomas grounded out to second allowing Currier to score and put Thomas up 2-0. 

Coming back from two down the Pioneers tied the game in the bottom of the third inning but Thomas responded with a home run in the fourth to put them back on top. A single by Warden in the bottom of the fifth to score Lisa Kumasaka allowed the Pioneers to even the match. The Pioneers started off the bottom of the seventh with back to back singled by Brackin and Warden. A sacrifice bunt by Ana Zimmerman allowed Gundersen, who pinch ran for Brackin, to advance to third. Cross then sent to line drive down the right field line to score Gundersen and give the Pioneers a 4-3 victory. 

Deeper Look

  • Warden and Brackin combined for six of the team's 11 hits
  • Hannah Urbach was left on base a team-high four times
  • This marks the fourth game in a row and seventh game this season that the Pioneers have had double-digit hits
  • This was Anderson's first complete game pitched this season and she matched her season-high of five strikeouts

Looking Ahead

The Pioneers continue conference play with a trip to Puget Sound this coming weekend with doubleheaders on Saturday and Sunday

 

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