Following a first-game shutout, Pioneers split with Puget Sound

Following a first-game shutout, Pioneers split with Puget Sound

UNIVERSITY PLACE, Wash. -- After Saturday's doubleheader was postponed because of weather, the Lewis & Clark Pioneers shut out the Puget Sound Loggers in a 3-0 win in the opening game on Sunday at Curtis High School.

Jenai Rojo, Lindsay Yearman and Emily Drevdahl each notched a RBI, and Kalin Rooney threw her first complete game of the season to help the Pioneers to their first victory.

With two outs in the fourth inning, Lewis & Clark scored first on Rojo's double down the rightfield line to score Ateisha Norton who had reached on an error. After an Ariel Trinidad single, Yearman pinch hit for Zoe Juarez and put down a single to left field to give the Pios a 2-0 lead.

"We were able to have successful at-bats all game long," said Yearman, whose RBI was her first of the season. "Even if we didn't get on base, we still hit at-bats and moved our runners, which gave us a lot of opportunities with runners in scoring position to get some runs on the board.

"Kalin pitched amazingly and our defense made a lot of great plays."

Puget Sound left the bases loaded in the next half inning when Rooney struck out Kaitlyn Webster, one of her season-high six strikeouts. Rooney (1-2) allowed just two hits in the shutout to go with three walks. Jaci Young (2-2) took the loss for the Loggers.

Lewis & Clark stranded 11 runners in the game. Lisa Kumasaka had her fourth multi-hit game of the season, batting 2 for 4, and Stephanie Garcia went 2 for 3 from the plate. Both had a stolen base, as did Norton and Juarez. 

Game 2

Emily Drevdahl brought in the only Pioneers run in a 3-1 loss, scoring Lisa Kumasaka on a single up the middle in the top of the first. The Pioneers had five hits the rest of the way and stranded nine runners.

Savannah Dickson (0-3) started the game for Lewis & Clark, but only recorded two outs before Kaili Akimseu replaced her in the first inning. Dickson allowed all three runs in the game on four hits.

Puget Sound's Jessica Gott hit a two-run triple in the bottom of the first inning before Amanda Fehr had a RBI double. Erica Gott (3-2) threw a complete game to earn the win for the Loggers.

Akimseu pitched 3 1/3 shutout innings and had two strikeouts while allowing four hits. Kalin Rooney finished the game without giving up another hit with one strikeout.

"Another great team effort," said Lindsay Yearman, who pinch hit in the fourth inning. "Offensively we again put ourselves in a lot of good positions to score runs. Unfortunately, we weren't able to capitalize as much on those opportunities this time."

Other than the first inning, the Pios' best threat was in the fifth. Kumasaka, who scored on Drevdahl's at-bat in the first, struck out before Katelyn Duilio singled and stole a base. Drevdahl reached on a fielder's choice, but Duilio was able to get to third to give the Pioneers runners at the corners with one out. Ateisha Norton and Brooke Koran recorded the final two outs to end the game.

The remaining two games of the series will be completed at a later date. Lewis & Clark plays next in Spokane, Wash. starting Saturday to make up a series with Whitworth.

Other Northwest Conference Scores - Sunday

Whitworth 9, Willamette 4
George Fox 11, Pacific Lutheran 2
Pacific 3, Linfield 1
Willamette 10, Whitworth 6
Linfield 4, Pacific 1
Pacific Lutheran 3, George Fox 2

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