Lewis & Clark loses hard-fought, nine-inning season finale against nationally-ranked Wildcats

Lewis & Clark loses hard-fought, nine-inning season finale against nationally-ranked Wildcats

McMINNVILLE, Ore. -- In the season finale, the Lewis & Clark Pioneers took the No. 8 Linfield Wildcats to nine innings in Monday's 1-0 defeat at Del Smith Stadium.

In her final game, Emily Drevdahl threw a complete game and allowed one run and one hit, a sacrifice bunt by Chelsea Horita that scored Darian Stedman on a squeeze play in the ninth.

Sydney Cross led the Pios at the plate with a 2 for 4 performance.

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Key Moments

The game was hard-fought throughout with the Pioneers getting the leadoff batter on in the four of the nine innings including the eighth when Holly Hale, playing in her last-ever game, hit a single to left. Ana Zimmerman led off the fifth inning with a double an inning after Lily Moffitt started the fourth with a single. Cross started the second with a single down the right-field line. In all four instances, Lewis & Clark left them stranded and ended the game with five left on base.

"Our final game game of the year was a great character showing of our overall season," head coach Shawna Cyrus said. "We knew we were up against one of the top teams in the country, and on paper they were 'supposed' to beat us.

Emily knew this was her final softball game and she dug deep and found some extra strength and endurance, throwing nine complete innings, while keeping their bats quiet."

Linfield left seven on base including two in the second and sixth innings. In the former, a hit batter and back-to-back singles loaded the bases for the Wildcats, but a lineout double play to Pios shortstop Zoe Juarez took care of the runner at third. During the sixth, Linfield had two on with one out before Drevdahl got back-to-back hitters to fly out.

In the clinching ninth inning, Stedman led off with a double and scored two batters later on the sacrifice bunt by Horita.

"The final play at the plate was so close, everyone was unsure what the umpire was about to call," Cyrus said. "It seemed fitting though, that the hottest hitting team in the country had to resort to a suicide squeeze attempt to get one run across, and it worked."

The Wildcats have won seven in a row.

Deeper Look

  • The Pioneers end the season with a 12-26 overall record and a 7-21 Northwest Conference mark
  • Without a home run in Monday's games, the Pioneers end the season with a record-setting total of 32
  • Lewis & Clark also set a new school record for slugging percentage (.438), while Drevdahl set a new single-season school record for it individually (.791) and tied the record for doubles (12)
  • Drevdahl finishes the season second in the NWC for batting average (.445) after hitting 0 for 4 in the finale and was two runs shy of tying the school record for runs scored
  • Olivia Brackin finished tied for second in the conference for home runs (10), which tied the school record set by Hannah Dal Pra in 2013

Game 1

The Lewis & Clark Pioneers lost 9-0 in the opener on Monday.

Shelby Saylors threw a statistically perfect for the Wildcats in the opener, a resumption of a suspended game from last Friday. Saylors faced 15 batters over five innings and no one reached base.

Megan Anderson was the first to pitch for the Pios on Monday, and over the course of the two days of play, finished with three innings pitched, two strikeouts and five runs on six hits. Drevdahl took the loss after allowing four runs before the game was suspended last Friday.

Key Moments

The Wildcats hit two home runs in the fourth inning. Paige Smotherman hit a two-run shot before Kelsey Wilkinson blasted a three-run home run.

Saylors struck out three over five innings and threw 34 strikes on 54 pitches.

Savannah Dickson got the final two outs for the Pioneers and faced three batters.

Deeper Look

  • Prior to Monday, the Pioneers had not gone hitless in a game since facing Linfield in Feb. 2014 when Lewis & Clark went 0 for 14 in an 8-0, five-inning defeat; Shelby Vandebergh pitched for the Wildcats
  • It was also the Pios' first time shut out this season
  • Lewis & Clark didn't homer for the first time in four games

Looking Ahead

Drevdahl, Juarez and Hale will graduate in May. Lewis & Clark is expected to return starters with at least 10 games of experience at every position in 2020 including Dickson who had a team-high 18 starts. Drevdahl had the most starts at first base, but Zimmerman will come back with 12 starts. Brackin made 18 starts at shortstop with Juarez starting 11.

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