Brackin and Zimmerman go long as Pioneers earn first win in Florida, drop close game to Colby

Brackin and Zimmerman go long as Pioneers earn first win in Florida, drop close game to Colby

CLERMONT, Fla. -- The Lewis & Clark Pioneers kicked off a non-conference matchup against Union with five runs in the top of the first en route to an 8-2 win at The Spring Games. This is the Pioneers first win of the tournament. A home run with two runners on base by Olivia Brackin put the Pioneers first runs on the board while Ana Zimmerman followed it up later with a double to record two more RBIs. Zimmerman and Brackin combined for six of the team's eight RBIs.

Emily Drevdahl pitched all seven innings for the Pioneers allowing eight hits and striking out one batter. Dana Dolinko started the game for Union in the circle but was relieved by Makayla Koehler after only six batters. Dolinko recorded her second loss for Union while Drevdahl picked up her first win for the Pioneers.

Key Moments

Drevdahl started out the top of the first with a lead-off triple to give the Pioneers a runner in scoring position right out of the gate. Lisa Kumasaka followed it up with a shot to the infield and reached on a fielder's choice as Union looked back Drevdahl on third. With no outs on the board, Brackin sent a long shot over the fence to give the Pioneers a 3-0 lead. With the bases cleared Frankie Warden reached first on a walk followed by Sydney Cross who reached on an error by the first basemen. Zimmerman stepped up and sent a long double into the outfield to score Warden and Cross and give the Pioneers a five to nothing lead. 

Keeping Union scoreless in the first three innings the Pioneers added on to their lead in the top of the fourth with a single from Hannah Urbach with two outs on the board to score Cross and Warden and give the Pioneers a seven-run advantage. Zimmerman would follow this up with a solo home run in the top of the seventh to maintain a seven-run advantage after Union scored their first run of the game in the bottom of the fourth.

Deeper Look

  • Zimmerman hit her first home run of the season and second home run of her career 
  • Brackin hit her seventh home run of the season
    • She is tied for second in the NWC in home runs on the season 
  • Cross recorded her second stolen base of the season
  • Kumasaka was left on base a team-high four times
  • The Pioneers left seven runners on base compared to Union's nine
  • Drevdahl hit her first triple of the season and first career triple since her freshman year in which she had two

Game 2

The Lewis & Clark Pioneers dropped a close one to the Colby Mules at The Spring Games in Florida after allowing a run in the top of the seventh to fall 8-7. This moves the Pioneers to 1-3 at the Florida tournament. Lisa Kumasaka, Frankie Warden and Olivia Brackin led the Pioneers with two hits apiece while Brackin hit her fourth career double. 

Savannah Dickson recorded the loss for the Pioneers, pitching three innings while allowing seven hits and striking out two. Megan Anderson came in to relieve Dickson and struck out two batters while allowing four hits and five runs. 

Key Moments

After dropping behind early the Pioneers entered the bottom of the fourth inning trailing 3-0. The Pioneers capitalized early in the fourth off of errors by Colby with Hannah Urbach and Braylin Jenson reaching on errors. Returning to the start of the lineup Emily Drevdahl found a gap in the outfield for a single to score Urbach as Jenson advanced to second. A single by Lisa Kumasaka then loaded the base with only one out on the board. On the next play, Brackin found a gap in center field for her first hit of the game to score Jenson and Drevdahl and even the game at three apiece. A single by Warden and a subsequent sacrifice bunt by Sydney Cross gave the Pioneers their first lead of the game as they entered the top of the fifth with a 5-3 lead.

Taking a 6-3 lead into the second to last inning the Pioneers found themselves in a tough position as Colby loaded the bases to start the sixth with no outs on the board. An error by Urbach allowed one run to score and a sacrifice fly by Colby's by Lolo Niemiec put the Mules only one behind the Pioneers. Another bases-loaded situation and another error by the Pioneers allowed the Mules to retake the lead. 

With the game tied entering the final inning, the Mules faced a two-out situation with two runners in scoring position. Colby's Niemiec sent a hard ball to shortstop Brackin who made the out at first but not before Colby's Paige Hartnett scored to give the Mules the lead. The Pioneers were unable to answer in the bottom of the seventh to drop the game 8-7. 

Deeper Look

  • Kumasaka recorded two stolen bases bringing her to eight stolen bases on the season
  • All five of the Pioneers' RBIs were earned by different players. Brackin, Warden, Kumasaka, Drevdahl, and Kami Merrill each earned an RBI 
  • The Pioneers totaled 10 hits for their second game in a row and fifth game this season with double-digit hits

Looking Ahead 

The Pioneers close out their Florida games on Wednesday with match-ups against Kalamazoo and Thomas (ME)

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