Lewis & Clark’s home-field debut soured by pair of losses to PLU

Lewis & Clark’s home-field debut soured by pair of losses to PLU

PORTLAND, Ore. -- The weather allowed the Lewis & Clark Pioneers to play at the Huston Sports Complex for the first time this season, but the Pioneers were unable to get strong offensive output in a pair of losses to the Pacific Lutheran Lutes in the final two games of their four-game set.

Stranding baserunners in the first two game of the series had hurt Lewis & Clark. In Sunday's first game, a 5-0 loss to the Lutes, the Pios couldn't get runners on base, totaling three hits and stranding four overall. Meanwhile, Pacific Lutheran put up 10 hits and capitalized on three Lewis & Clark errors, which was a season high.

The Lutes (10-2; 6-0 NWC) took the lead on Annalise Campbell's sacrifice fly in the second and Anna Overland's RBI double in the third. Bailey Plumb hit a double to bring in another run before the Lutes scored again on an error in the fourth.

Tiana Rosario, Katelyn Duilio and Stephanie Garcia had hits for the Pioneers. Garcia and Rosario are in Lewis & Clark's top five in batting average this season.

Savannah Dickson (0-2) started and took the loss for Lewis & Clark. The freshman pitched two innings, allowed two hits and a run against nine batters. Kalin Rooney, who took over after Kaili Akimseu pitched 1 1/3 innings, faced the majority of PLU's batters, 16, throwing 3 2/3 innings without giving up an earned run on four hits. She struck out three.

Marissa Miller (6-0) won her sixth game of the season for the Lutes.

Game 4

Lewis & Clark took a 1-0 lead in the third inning before allowing two runs in the next half-inning on the way to a 5-1 defeat to Pacific Lutheran.

Emily Drevdahl hit a sacrifice fly to bring in Katelyn Duilio, who reached on an error and stole second base.

Much like Saturday's second game, the Pioneers led off the bottom of the seventh with a runner, as Holly Hale drew a pinch-hit walk. She was stranded, however, to seal the game for the Lutes. The scoreboard nearly mirrored the first game of the day, with PLU out hitting Lewis & Clark, 10-3, but the Pioneers were better defensively, not committing an error.

Kaili Akimseu (0-4) pitched six innings and struck out three on eight hits and five runs. Elli Rassbach (3-2) threw a complete game, allowing three hits and a run. She struck out six. Rassbach also hit a three-run home run in sixth inning for Pacific Lutheran.

The Pioneers (0-8; 0-4 NWC) travel to Puget Sound on Mar. 11-12 for their next series.

Other Northwest Conference Scores - Sunday

Pacific 6, Puget Sound 0

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