Weather allows one game, a Pios win over Puget Sound

Weather allows one game, a Pios win over Puget Sound

TACOMA, Wash. -- Last weekend, hail, lightning and thunder prevented Lewis & Clark and Puget Sound from completing games despite relocating them to the turf field at Rosemont Middle School in West Linn, Ore. As a result, the Pioneers, already playing a make-up game against Pacific Lutheran on Saturday, stayed in Tacoma to play as the home team at Logger Field, winning 5-3 on Sunday afternoon.

The teams intended to play two of their four postponed games, but bad weather struck again before the second, forcing another postponement.

Hannah Dal Pra's two-RBI double in the bottom of the first inning gave the Pios a one-run lead, but the Loggers scored in the second on Kristi Magamine's RBI double to match a sacrifice fly from Jessica Gott in the first inning to even the game, 2-2, after two innings.

Kalin Rooney replaced Lewis & Clark starter Jill Pinder, who gave up three hits and two runs with three walks and a strikeout, to throw five innings with one run and help the Pios capitalize on scores in the third, fifth and sixth innings.

"Kalin did a good job of coming in and shutting them down, and she was able to get out of some tough jams," said Lewis & Clark head coach Shawna Cyrus. "Our defense didn't play amazingly, but we were able to hold them off."

Puget Sound had three more hits than the Pios, 9-6, as Lewis & Clark also committed one more error, 3-2. The main difference was that Lewis & Clark brought in runs, as Puget Sound left 16 runners on base compared to the Pios' five.

"I'm always happy when we can get the win," said junior Lindsay Yearman, who had a hit and an RBI in the fifth inning. "We were able to get the job done and find a way to get runs across the plate."

Emily Drevdahl scored Paige Salavea on a sacrifice fly in the third inning, and Zoe Juarez scored in the sixth on an error by the Loggers during Brooke Koran's at-bat.

Trailing by three, Puget Sound started the seventh inning with back-to-back singles by Mckenna Johnson and Maggie Larue to send the tying run to the plate. Jaci Young struck out and Nagamine grounded out before Amber Popovich singled in a run. After Gott was hit by a pitch to load the bases, Kayla Andrus lined out to Yearman in right field, ending the game.

Rooney moved to 2-1 on the season after allowing six hits, striking out three and walking one. She faced 27 batters. Young (3-8) received the loss over three innings while allowing four hits. She had two strikeouts and a walk.

"Our pitchers pitched well, and we were able to get out of some jams defensively," said Yearman. "I hope we can take the momentum of this win and continue to build and improve during our next couple series, as well as pick up some more wins."

Including the pair of games in Tacoma against PLU and Puget Sound, Lewis & Clark is playing six games over four days, including a pair apiece at Eastern Oregon and College of Idaho on Monday and Tuesday, respectively.

The Pios play at Linfield on Friday and Saturday to resume Northwest Conference play. Sunday's win snapped a three-game losing streak for Lewis & Clark.

Salavea finished the game with her third multi-hit game in her last four, and her seventh this season overall. Ateisha Norton and Tiana Rosario also had hits. Along with Salavea and Dal Pra, Norton had a double. The Pios also stole five bases, including two from Yearman.

The remaining three games of the series against Puget Sound will be rescheduled at some point this season.

Other Northwest Conference Scores - Sunday

Whitworth 7, Tufts 2
St. Thomas (Minn.) 4, Whitworth 0
Willamette 4, Occidental 2
Willamette 11, Occidental 3 (5 inn.) 

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