Lewis & Clark strands 16 runners, including game-tying runs in pair of defeats

Lewis & Clark strands 16 runners, including game-tying runs in pair of defeats

WEST LINN, Ore. -- After going scoreless in the first game, the Lewis & Clark Pioneers had the tying run at the plate with one out in the seventh inning, but couldn't bring anyone in to lose 5-1 to the Pacific Lutheran Lutes on Saturday afternoon at Rosemont Ridge Middle School.

The game was moved to Rosemont Ridge Middle School's turf field after the expected weather would have been problematic at Lewis & Clark's Huston Sports Complex.

Pacific Lutheran starter Elli Rassbach threw two-straight walks to load the bases for the Pioneers after allowing a single to Tiana Rosario to begin the inning. Stephanie Garcia hit the ball to the left side and Rosario was thrown out at home before Lisa Kumasaka flied out to end the game.

"We just couldn't clutch up," said Lewis & Clark head coach Shawna Cyrus. "Leaving runners on is the area that seems to be haunting us right now."

The Pioneers stranded seven runners in the second game after leaving nine in the opener. In the bottom of the first, Lewis & Clark left two on after a single by Ateisha Norton put runners at first and second base with two outs.

Kumasaka, who finished 2 for 4, reached on an error and had three stolen bases, scored Lewis & Clark's only run of the day, touching the plate when Emily Drevdahl reached safely on one of PLU's three errors. Norton and Zoe Juarez had hits along with Rosario, and Drevdahl also stole a base.

Kalin Rooney (0-2) started and pitched the whole game, striking out four, allowing eight hits and four runs. Rassbach (2-2) allowed five hits with three walks and a strikeout.

The teams are scheduled to play the final two of their four-game series back at Lewis & Clark's Huston Sports Complex beginning at noon on Sunday.

Game 1

Cold weather was expected for the Lewis & Clark Pioneers home series against the Pacific Lutheran Lutes, and the Pioneers were cold offensively in the opening game, losing 12-0 in five innings.

Anna Overland hit a grand slam for PLU in the top of the second inning to open the Lutes to a 6-0 lead.

The inning before Overland's homer, the Pioneers left runners at first and third base after Lisa Kumasaka reached on a walk and Emily Drevdahl got on by error. Jenai Rojo struck out and Ariel Trinidad grounded out to end the inning. The Pios left two on in the next two innings as well. In all, the Pios left nine runners on base in the game.

"Tough losses," said Cyrus. "In the first game, we had a couple mental mistakes and just simple balls that we missed, which turned into multiple runs scored against us.

"Once we find our rhythm and have some luck go our way, things will start turning around."

The Lutes scored six runs in the fifth inning.

Lewis & Clark had hits from Kumasaka, Drevdahl and Tiana Rosario in the game.

Kaili Akimseu (0-3) took the loss for the Pioneers, throwing four innings and allowing seven runs. She walked five and allowed six hits. Marissa Miller (5-0) was the winning pitcher for Pacific Lutheran with a complete-game, three-hitter that included three strikeouts and four walks.

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