Delays-a-plenty in Lewis & Clark’s trip to PLU

Delays-a-plenty in Lewis & Clark’s trip to PLU

TACOMA, Wash. -- A bizarre finish on Saturday turned into an incomplete finish on Sunday, as Lewis & Clark and Pacific Lutheran were only able to complete three games of their four-game series at PLU Field.

The Pioneers lost the second game 5-3 in 13 innings, the final four of which were played after darkness postponed the end of it on Saturday. PLU scored eight runs in the first two innings of the third game, as the Pios fell 12-5.

"PLU really came out swinging [in game three], and we were trying to play catch up all game," said Lewis & Clark head coach Shawna Cyrus. "We had some individuals do well, but missed out on some situations that could have really broken it open."

The length of the games, and the poor weather, resulted in the fourth game getting postponed. A new date and time will be announced later.

In the seventh inning of game two, played on Saturday, Pacific Lutheran had scored the game-winning run, but an unreported substitution negated the score. With a Lutes runner at third, the Pios ended up getting the final three outs of the inning to extend the game.

On Sunday, Lewis & Clark put the go-ahead run on third in the 10th inning after Hannah Dal Pra reached on an error and Jenai Rojo doubled. Brooke Koran grounded out to end the inning.

PLU ended the game on Kathryn Hatlen's home run in the 13th inning off Jill Pinder, who took the loss despite five strikeouts. Kaili-Ann Akimseu started the game and had four strikeouts, while giving up three runs on six hits. Marissa Miller pitched the whole game for PLU, striking out seven with six hits and three runs.

The teams played their third game of the four afterward, with the Lutes building an 8-1 lead through two innings. Emily Drevdahl singled in Paige Salavea to open the game, but Pacific Lutheran got a three-run home run from Nichole Schroeder in the bottom half of the inning.

In the second inning, Amanda Hartley, Jessica Wallace and Hartlen each had RBI doubles.

Lewis & Clark scored in each of the next three innings, starting when Zoe Juarez (pictured right) scored on Koran's at-bat in the third. Drevdahl then hit an RBI single, scoring Rojo. Juarez was at the plate when the Pios scored in the fourth inning, bringing in Lindsay Yearman, who had doubled to open the inning. She scored again in the fifth on Salavea's single in the fifth inning.

Yearman finished 3 for 4, while Drevdahl had two hits and two RBI.

PLU scored four runs in the sixth inning to widen the margin to the eventual 12-5 final.

"It was a tough day of sitting through rain delays and trying to play in the rain as well," said Cyrus, as the game took nearly three hours.

Koran pitched 1 1/3 innings before Drevdahl threw 4 2/3 innings of relief. Miller earned the win for PLU.

Lewis & Clark hosts Puget Sound next weekend.

Other Northwest Conference Scores - Sunday

Pacific 10, Puget Sound 0 (5 inn.)
George Fox 8, Whitworth 7
Pacific 7, Puget Sound 4
Whitworth 5, George Fox 0 

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