PORTLAND, Ore. -- Olivia Brackin tied Lewis & Clark's single-season record for home runs, and Savannah Dickson extended her career-best win total to seven, as the Lewis & Clark Pioneers defeated the Pacific Boxers 9-7 in Saturday's finale at Huston Sports Complex.
Brackin hit a second-inning, three-run home run to punctuate the three runs the Pios scored in the first. Sydney Cross added a three-run homer of her own in the fourth to extend the Pios margin to 9-3.
Dickson struck out two and allowed seven runs over five innings to improve to 7-7 on the year. Emily Drevdahl pitched two scoreless innings for her first career save.
The first six Pioneers batters were productive in the game beginning with Lisa Kumasaka who reached on an error in the lead off spot. Lily Moffitt and Brackin hit back-to-back singles to load the bases against Pacific starter Morgan Masters before Frankie Warden brought in her 20th RBI of the season on a sacrifice fly. Cross hit an infield single and Ana Zimmerman scored Brackin on her groundout as the Pios built a 3-0 lead after the first inning.
After Pacific (20-9, 14-4 NWC) bounced back with three runs in the top of the second, Brackin hit her 10th home run of the season in the second, a three-run blast to center field. With the home run, Brackin tied the single-season record set by Hannah Dal Pra in 2013. Kumasaka and Moffitt had singled before Brackin's homer to make it a three-run effort.
Dickson's seven wins surpass her five-win total from last season. It's the most wins by a Pios pitcher since Madison Hollenbeck went 8-13 in 2014.
- Dickson faced five or fewer batters in three of her five innings and only walked one despite giving up 10 hits for just the third time this season
- Drevdahl faced seven batters and recorded six outs over her two innings pitched
- Kumasaka is on a current seven-game hitting streak
- Moffitt had her ninth multi-hit game of the season, tying her for third with Warden, while Cross had her third three-hit game
- With multiple home runs, Lewis & Clark (11-17, 6-12 NWC) now has five multi-homer games this season with Saturday their first in back-to-back games
- Head coach Shawna Cyrus won her 99th career game at Lewis & Clark
Merrill and Juarez hit their homers in back-to-back at-bats in the second inning. Juarez singled in a run in the third for a two-RBI day. Zimmerman and Moffitt each had a late-inning RBI.
The Boxers scored six runs in the fourth inning to take an 8-3 lead. Pacific sent 10 batters to the plate in the inning and had a home run by Montana Vaught and a triple by Donaca, both two-RBI efforts.
Despite the heavy fourth, the Pios only allowed one run the rest of the game. Zimmerman walked in an RBI in the sixth and Moffitt hit a line drive to left field that scored Merrill.
Megan Anderson (3-8) started the game and allowed eight runs on nine hits with one strikeout.
- The Pioneers have lost four of their Northwest Conference series openers this season
- Kumasaka had her first three-hit game of the season and extended her hitting streak to six
- In total, five Pios (Kumasaka, Moffitt, Zimmerman, Merrill, Juarez) had multiple hits
- Juarez's two RBI are her first multi-RBI game of the season
- Lewis & Clark stranded 13 base runners while Pacific left eight
- Zimmerman hit a double and matched Cross for the second most on the team; both trail Drevdahl who has a team-high 11
The Pioneers and Boxers are scheduled to play the rest of the series on Sunday starting at noon.