TACOMA, Wash. -- Emily Drevdahl's fourth-inning RBI, her second of the game, broke a 3-3 tie as the Lewis & Clark Pioneers won the first game of their Northwest Conference opener against the Pacific Lutheran Lutes, 4-3, on Saturday afternoon at PLU Field.
Drevdahl drew a walk in the opening inning to score the Pioneers' first run before her single in the fourth scored Lisa Kumasaka.
"We came out swinging and really felt in control the whole time," said Lewis & Clark head coach Shawna Cyrus. "Our pitchers combined for a great win and our hitters had some really good at-bats."
Lewis & Clark tallied four runs off Marissa Miller (1-1), an All-NWC selection last year, from seven hits and three walks. Savannah Dickson (2-0) won her second game of the season after pitching 4 1/3 innings and allowing three runs on six hits. Megan Anderson earned her first career save by throwing the final 2 2/3 innings without giving up a run on one hit.
The victory is the first for the Pioneers over PLU since 2016.
The Lutes bounced back to score three in the second inning for their only runs of the game. The next inning, Drevdahl scored when Frankie Warden grounded out to bring the Pios within one. Kumasaka, who had the Pios' only multi-hit game, brought in Stephanie Garcia during the next inning before Drevdahl scored the go-ahead run in the fourth.
A five-run third inning put the Pioneers in a deep hole in a 6-2 loss to close out day one of play at Pacific Lutheran on Saturday.
After allowing a run in the opening inning, Lewis & Clark gave up five in the third to fall behind 6-0. Emily Drevdahl stole home when Ateisha Norton took second for Lewis & Clark's first run in the fourth. Ana Zimmerman notched her first career RBI with a single that scored Norton, but the Pios didn't add another run. Zimmerman finished with the only multi-hit game for Lewis & Clark, going 2 for 3.
Savannah Dickson (2-1) started the game and pitched 2 1/3 innings. She allowed five hits and four runs, three of which were earned, before Megan Anderson closed out the game. Anderson allowed two runs on four hits with a pair of strikeouts.
Kennedy Robillard (2-0) allowed two runs on nine hits over a complete-game seven innings. She struck out three. Robillard also starred at the plate for the Lutes (3-3, 1-1 NWC), hitting 3 for 4 with an RBI. Samantha Simundson went 2 for 3 with a run batted in.
Eight different Pioneers had hits in the day's finale, including Holly Hale with a pinch-hit single to start off the fifth inning. Sydney Cross hit a two-out single to give the Pios two baserunners, but they were stranded. Lewis & Clark (2-4, 1-1 NWC) left seven on base in the game.
"We hit well, but only had one RBI and just couldn't get that clutch hit when we needed it," said head coach Shawna Cyrus.
The teams play a doubleheader on Sunday to complete the series. First pitch is scheduled at noon.