PORTLAND, Ore. -- Earlier this season, senior Zoe Juarez hit her first career home run for the Lewis & Clark Pioneers. On Saturday, in her final home series on Senior Day, she hit a grand slam that gave the Pios the lead against the No. 8 Linfield Wildcats. The Pios ultimately lost 12-7.
Fellow senior Emily Drevdahl had two home runs in the game and totaled three RBI in her final home opener. The Pios' third senior, Holly Hale, was 1 for 2. The three were recognized during a Senior Day ceremony before the doubleheader.
There were 10 extra-base hits in the game including seven from Linfield. The visiting Wildcats opened up to a 3-0 lead off Pios' starter Savannah Dickson, who pitched 4 2/3 innings, allowed 13 hits, a season-high, and eight runs.
In the six-run fourth inning that gave the Pios a 6-3 lead, Lily Moffitt hit a leadoff single and scored on Drevdahl's first home run. Frankie Warden, Sydney Cross and Hannah Urbach hit singles in three of the next four at-bats to set the table for Juarez's grand slam to left field. Hale followed Juarez with a single as the last hit of the inning for the Pios.
Linfield scored five runs in the next half inning to recapture a lead it never relinquished.
In a 3 for 4 performance, her fourth three-hit game this season, Drevdahl hit her second home run to lead off the seventh inning.
- Warden finished 2 for 4 for her 13th multi-hit game of the season
- Eight different Pios had hits including Lisa Kumasaka, who went 1 for 4
- Six different Wildcats had multiple hits
- The game was the first three home run game for the Pioneers this season
- 18 of the Pioneers 31 home runs, a new school record, have come in Portland
Moffitt's solo home run, the Pios' 32nd of the season, produced the only runs for Lewis & Clark in a 9-2 loss to Linfield in Saturday's finale at Huston Sports Complex.
The two-run homer was one of five hits by the Pioneers against Linfield starter Tanna Benson, who won her 13th game this season.
Drevdahl threw six innings in her final home appearance to move her career-high innings pitched to 62 this season.
Down 9-0 and in danger of losing a shortened game, Lewis & Clark pieced together a two-out rally in the sixth inning. Kumasaka reached base on Linfield's only error and scored when Moffitt went deep. Drevdahl singled following the home run, but Warden grounded out to end the inning.
Cross and Juarez singled in the seventh, but were stranded, two of the Pios' four left on in the game.
Kamryn Apling went 2 for 3 to lead the Wildcats offensively. Linfield (30-5-1, 23-2 NWC) totaled five extra-base hits in the game including a triple from Makenna Clizer.
- Megan Anderson replaced Drevdahl and threw an inning of scoreless relief with three strikeouts against five batters
- Olivia Brackin went 1 for 3 and is now hitting .397 this season
- Drevdahl is now hitting .471 and has a significant lead for the second-best batting average in the Northwest Conference
- Lewis & Clark's 32 home runs, a school record, is fourth in the NWC; the Pios trail Pacific (33) by one
Lewis & Clark (12-24, 7-9 NWC) will go to Linfield on Monday to complete their suspended game from last Friday and play one more game to complete a season-ending doubleheader. The games will start at 5:30 p.m.