Pios finish off mid-game lead to beat Linfield

Pios finish off mid-game lead to beat Linfield

Game 1 - Lewis & Clark 6, Linfield 4

McMINNVILLE, Ore. -- Singles by Lindsay Yearman and Jenai Rojo, and a double by Emily Drevdahl, led to three runs in the Lewis & Clark half of the fourth inning, as the Pioneers beat Linfield, 6-4, on Saturday at Del Smith Stadium.

Rojo finished with two RBI, as she started the scoring for Lewis & Clark with her centerfield single in the first. The Pios were up 2-0 after two innings when Brooke Koran scored during Stephanie Garcia's at-bat. Garcia reached on an error.

"Big time win for our program today," said Lewis & Clark head coach Shawna Cyrus. "It shows we can beat anyone in our conference when we play focused and together."

Unlike Friday, when the Pios led 2-0, but lost, the three-run fourth inning helped Lewis & Clark fend off a comeback by Linfield, which scored three runs over the fifth and sixth innings. Linfield committed six errors. Lewis & Clark left eight batters stranded, and the Wildcats left 12.

Hannah Dal Pra added a run on a home run in the top of the seventh inning to move the Pios ahead by two. It was her second homer in the last four games.

Kaili-Ann Akimseu (pictured below right) claimed her second collegiate win with a five-strikeout performance. She allowed one hit and one run over three innings. Jill Pinder followed, throwing 2 2/3 innings and allowing three hits and a run. Kalin Rooney earned the save, going up against 10 batters in 1 1/3 innings. She allowed three hits, an earned run and two walks.

"We mixed our pitchers around a lot to try and throw them off, and they did a great job of complementing each other," said Cryus.

Koran notched two hits to finish with a multi-hit game along with Rojo, while Paige Salavea went 1 for 3 with two runs scored. She also reached on a walk. 

Game 2 - Linfield 5, Lewis & Clark 1

Lewis & Clark ultimately split the two games on Saturday, losing in the finale to Linfield, 5-1, at Del Smith Stadium.

The Wildcats built a 5-0 lead before the Pios scored on Jenai Rojo's RBI double in the sixth inning, which scored Emily Drevdahl, who led the inning off with a single. Paige Salavea finished 2 for 4 with singles in the third and fifth. Lindsay Yearman, Ateshia Norton and Ashley Bolick all had hits. 

Kady Bruce lost as the Pios' starting pitcher, allowing six hits and two runs with a strikeout over two innings. Kalin Rooney and Sarah Reyes combined to pitch the final four innings, with Reyes allowing a single hit against six batters.

Linfield's Shelby Saylors won her second game of the series, throwing a complete game on seven hits with one run allowed. She struck out three. Alissa Buss went 3 for 4 at the plate, while Kenzie Schmoll and Cheyenne Fletcher had two hits apiece. 

Lewis & Clark totaled 15 hits in the two games on Saturday, and 28 for the series. 

"We hit the ball really well all weekend and are hoping we can take this momentum into the next games," said Cyrus.

The Pios play two make-up games with Puget Sound on Thursday before playing a four-game set at Willamette on Apr. 2-3.

Other Northwest Conference Scores - Saturday

Willamette 4, Pacific Lutheran 1
Puget Sound 4, George Fox 3
Pacific 9, Whitworth 2
Whitworth 4, Pacific 3
George Fox 7, Puget Sound 3
Pacific Lutheran 4, Willamette 3 

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