PORTLAND, Ore. -- A one-out home run by Kelsey Downey of the Whitworth Pirates, her second of the game, put the Lewis & Clark Pioneers behind for the first time since the Pios scored six in the fourth inning, as the Pioneers lost 11-9 in the opening game of Monday's doubleheader at the Huston Sports Complex.
Rude's home run was followed by another run after an error by Kalin Rooney to give the Pirates a two-run cushion entering the bottom of the seventh. The Pioneers had Lindsay Yearman draw a two-out walk for the only baserunner in four plate appearances in the final half inning.
Lewis & Clark had led 9-4 after a six-run fourth inning, which started with Emily Drevdahl's pinch-hit, two-RBI double that followed a walk drawn by Kaili Akimseu, a single by Stephanie Garcia and Lisa Kumasaka's reach on an error. Jenai Rojo and Tiana Rosario followed with RBI singles after Ateisha Norton was walked to bring another run.
Norton had a RBI single to help Lewis & Clark even the game, 2-2, after the first inning. Rojo finished 3 for 4 with two RBI. Yearman hit her first home run of the season to lead off the third inning. Nine different batters had hits for Lewis & Clark.
"Overall, it was really great to see our bats come alive this weekend," said Lewis & Clark head coach Shawna Cyrus. "We've been waiting for that.
"We need to get to the point where we're able to work together with pitchers throwing well and our hitters stepping up."
In her prior five game appearances, Rooney (1-4) had allowed no runs, but the Pioneers had scored a total of five runs. Combined with four runs in the second game on Monday, Lewis & Clark scored 13 between in the doubleheader after totaling 14 in their first 12 games.
Rooney started the game and left after Akimseu pinch hit in the fourth. Akimseu started the fifth inning, but didn't record an out against five batters, the last of which was Downey's first home run, a grand slam to left field. Rooney returned and ended the inning with three outs in the next four batters. She finished the game with seven innings pitched, 10 hits allowed and six runs, three of which were earned. Rooney also had two strikeouts and two walks.
Lewis & Clark (1-13; 1-9 NWC) left two runners on base in both the fifth and sixth innings. In the seventh, trailing by two runs, Kumasaka popped out and Katelyn Duilio grounded out before Yearman's walk. Norton grounded out to end the game.
Madi Perez (10-0) threw a complete-game, but allowed a game-high 11 hits and eight runs, both of which were also season highs, without recording a strikeout. She also walked five batters. Perez's previous season highs for hits and runs this season were five and three, respectively.
Although the Lewis & Clark Pioneers put two runs on in the bottom of the seventh, it wasn't enough to complete a comeback in a 6-4 loss to the Whitworth Pirates.
The loss completed a four-game sweep to the Pirates (16-4; 7-1 NWC) in a series that was relocated to Portland after a postponement in late February. The teams were supposed to play last weekend in Spokane, Wash., but Whitworth's field was still unplayable, prompting the teams to shift to the Huston Sports Complex. Next year's series, which was scheduled to be played at Lewis & Clark, is expected to be played at Whitworth.
"Whitworth is a great team, and we were able to challenge them and stay competitive with them throughout the day," said Pioneers head coach Shawna Cyrus.
Savannah Dickson (0-4) started the game and had her longest outing of the season, 5 1/3 innings, giving up six runs on eight hits. She struck out two and walked five. Kalin Rooney threw the final 1 2/3 innings without giving up a run on three hits.
Ashley Trueblood was Whitworth's starting pitcher and threw four innings before Megan Truesdale came in following a leadoff single by Katelyn Duilio in Lewis & Clark's half of the fifth inning. Trueblood (4-1) returned in the seventh after Rojo's two-RBI single and with two outs. She walked Tiana Rosario before Ashley Bolick reached on a fielder's choice. Ariel Trinidad popped out to end the game.
Kumasaka, Duilio and Drevdahl had two hits apiece to lead Lewis & Clark, while Kinsey McNaught went 3 for 5 with two runs scored for Whitworth.
Lewis & Clark returns home to face George Fox this weekend.
Other Northwest Conference Scores - Monday
Linfield 5, St. Thomas 0
Willamette 11, Pacific Lutheran 3
Willamette 5, Pacific Lutheran 4
Linfield 4, Wisc.-Stevens Point 2