PORTLAND, Ore. -- Lewis & Clark took on the Willamette Bearcats Sunday morning at the Huston Complex, losing 4-2 in the first game. The Pioneers managed to match the Bearcats in hits, with each team grabbing six, but couldn't match the Bearcats in runs, giving up four but only pulling in two. In the second game, the Pios came back from a two-run deficit to win in the seventh, 7-6.
The Pioneers also recognized their five seniors before the double header, recounting their success and time as an athlete at Lewis & Clark. Among the recognized were Ashley Bolick, Jenai Rojo, Lindsay Yearman, Kalin Rooney and Tiana Rosario.
The Bearcats scored first, after a RBI single up the middle by Mallory Asaro advanced a runner home. The second score came off of a stolen base, as the runner was picked off, Asaro snuck home. The Pioneers were unable to match Willamette's two scores in the first inning, with all three of the first Pio batters striking out.
Rooney, pitching in her 280th inning, pitched a scoreless second inning. Defensively, her teammates backed her up both in the infield and outfield, as left fielder Bolick caught a fly ball in left field, and infielders Rosario and Zoe Juarez both grabbed balls off the ground to throw the batters out at first.
The first run of the game for the Pios came in the bottom of the fourth, after Kumasaka put a ball into right field for a triple. The next at bat, Yearman flied out to left field, allowing Kumasaka to score.
Keeping the Bearcats scoreless in the top of the fifth, Lewis & Clark was able to grab another run in the bottom of the inning. Rosario crossed the plate following a Juarez RBI single to center field. The Pios kept up the momentum, getting two on base before leaving them there at the end of the inning.
Savannah Dickson came in at pitcher the for Pios in the fourth inning, managing to get two strikeouts in the top of the fifth, and another in the top of the seventh. Rooney took the loss for the game, pitching for three innings and allowing four runs.
In game two, both teams scored in the first inning. The Bearcats Steffany Dunn reached first off a walk, stealing second and eventually scoring off an error in right field, when teammate Alex Shields hit a single.
Lewis & Clark responded in the bottom of the first when Emily Drevdahl had a single to right-center that ended up scoring two runs. Seniors Rojo and Yearman both crossed the plate for the last time at home.
The Pios grabbed the next run as well, when Kate Dulio grounded out to first, allowing Juarez to score and bringing the score to 2-1 in the bottom of the second.
After the Bearcat's Asaro doubled in the first at bat of the fourth inning, Kaili Akimseu struck out the next three batters in a row. She held Willamette without a score for three innings, after only allowing one run in the first.
Juarez scored again in the fourth inning, giving Lewis & Clark a three run lead. She was hit in by Ateisha Norton, who singled to right field, also advancing Stephanie Garcia to third. She was left on base at the end of the inning.
Willamette's Taiana Creekmur hit a grand slam homerun to continue a long sixth inning for the Bearcats. In all, they scored five runs to pull ahead of the Pioneers with a two run lead.
As senior Bolick said, "Everyone, especially the underclassmen, wanted to get it for the seniors for our last games here so it was really fun to see everyone stepping up and making big plays." And big plays were definetly made in the bottom of the seventh.
Carried by two errors in the bottom of the inning, the Pios got on base, with the second error getting Rosario across home plate. Garcia hit a ball down the left field line, racing it to first base for a single. Not only did she reach first, but she also had an RBI on the play, hitting in Holly Hale to tie up the game. A single by Katelyn Duilio allowed Juarez to score for the win.
"It felt amazing to come together as a team and win it as a team," said senior Rosario.
Willamette cycled through a number of pitchers in the second game, with the starter, Reanna Lancaster, only facing six batters before being relieved by Makayla Hari, who faced 12. Sofia Magnani came in next, pitching for a single inning before being relieved by Morgan Penn. Jocelyn Glasgo ended the game for the Bearcats, pitching for two innings.
The Pioneers return to the diamond April 8, hosted by Pacific at noon.