Yearman’s home run and Rooney’s complete-game shutout spark split with George Fox

Yearman’s home run and Rooney’s complete-game shutout spark split with George Fox

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Kalin Rooney threw a complete game and Lindsay Yearman hit her second home run in as many series to take the Lewis & Clark Pioneers to a 4-0 win over the George Fox Bruins on Saturday afternoon at the Huston Sports Complex.

Rooney allowed eight hits over seven innings with one strikeout to win her second game of the season and earn her second career complete-game shutout. Yearman's two-run home run in the third inning extended the 2-0 lead the Pios built on RBI by Emily Drevdahl and Jenai Rojo in the first.

"Kalin was amazing," said Rojo, who finished 1 for 3. "She relied on her defense and trusted us, and she was hitting her spots. Those are some of the top hitters in the conference and she shut them down."

George Fox (13-7; 9-5 NWC) came into the game with 100 RBI, which ranked second in the Northwest Conference. The Bruins hadn't been shutout in an NWC game and only once total this season.

"It felt great. I had a great team behind me and a good catcher," said Rooney, noting freshman catcher Ariel Trinidad. "We had a great strategy going on and had some plays and made an inning really work well."

Key defensive plays by the Pios kept the Bruins off the scoreboard. With the bases loaded against them, the Pioneers threw out a runner at home for the second out of the first inning. Four innings later, Lewis & Clark left fielder Ashley Bolick made a shoestring catch in foul territory for the fifth's second out.

"It was huge. It was awesome," said Rooney of her senior teammate Bolick. Throughout the day and last week's series against Whitworth, chants of "senior year" have been consistent from the Lewis & Clark dugout. This year's senior class is tied with that from 2015 for the largest since Shawna Cyrus took over as head coach in 2009.

"We are united in our senior class," said Rooney. "We've been through a lot together, and I wouldn't want to play this season with anyone else."  

In the loss, George Fox's Abbie Bergerson (4-5) allowed ten hits and all four runs, including the homer to Yearman.

"I was looking for an inside pitch," said Yearman, who was 3 for 3 with two RBI and two runs scored. "She'd been throwing me out-and-up, and I had been hitting outside pretty good, so I was waiting for them to go in on me. It floated over and felt good off the bat."

After averaging just one run per game in their first 11 games, the Pioneers have put up 4.4 per game in their last five.

"We did a really good job getting our runners on, and even if we didn't score them, we were moving them and keeping the hitting going. It's been huge for us offensively," said Yearman.

Lewis & Clark (2-14; 2-10 NWC) was scheduled to host Linfield on Sunday, but a poor weather forecast for the day caused the postponement of the doubleheader late Saturday night. A new time will be announced soon.

Game 1

Lisa Kumasaka's infield hit followed a pop-up by Zoe Juarez that also scored a run as the Lewis & Clark Pioneers took an early lead before dropping game one against George Fox, 4-2.

Kumasaka and Lindsay Yearman each finished with two hits as the Pios took a 2-1 lead into the fourth inning. George Fox's Kimi Ito had three hits to help the Bruins score once in the fourth and twice in the sixth to win the game.

Madison Sorensen (8-2) picked up her eighth win of the season after throwing a complete game for George Fox. Savannah Dickson (0-5) threw six innings for Lewis & Clark in the loss.

The Pios stranded two runners in the third inning after Jenai Rojo's sacrifice bunt moved Emily Drevdahl and Yearman to second and third, respectively. Tiana Rosario struck out and Ashley Bolick grounded out to end the inning.

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