Pacific Softball: Tigers Split At Home Against Boise State
In a tale of two very different games, the Tigers opened their day with an impressive offensive showing in the first game of the double-header, pounding out 10 hits and nine runs against the Broncos to earn the short inning victory. From the opening inning, the Tigers were locked in against the Broncos' game one starter. Senior Karie Wilson (Glendale, Ariz.) picked up the biggest hit of the game for the Tigers in the opener when she blasted her second home run of the season over the center field fence in her first at bat. Wilson's two-run home run would be the game-winning RBIs despite the fact Pacific tacked on seven more runs.
After giving up a solo home run in the top of the second, the Tigers put the game away for good with a six run bottom half of the inning as they sent 10 batters to the plate in the inning. With freshman Megan Allen (Yucaipa, Calif.) leading off the inning, the Tigers strung together four straight hits to start the inning with sophomore Alexa Rivera (Sacramento, Calif.) picking up an RBI single to right-center for third of the four hits. After a base-running mistake and a sacrifice cost the Tigers two outs, Pacific did the bulk of its damage when freshman Megan Hom (Irvine, Calif.) delivered a two-RBI single up the middle which was later followed by a three-RBI, bases clearing single by freshman Nikki Armagost (Andover, Kan.). Up seven, the Tigers finished off the Broncos in the bottom of the fifth inning, again putting their final out of the inning to good use by driving home a ninth and final run in the inning to pick up their third mercy rule victory of the season.
Pacific was able to pick up the quick win against Boise State due in large part to the pitching of Armagost as she picked up her fifth win of the season by allowing just one run. In five innings of work, the freshman gave up just three hits while striking out four. Allie Crump suffered the loss for the Broncos as she was run from the game after just 1.2 innings of work after giving up seven hits and eight runs. The final run of the game was given up by Lela Work who pitched three innings of relief, giving up three hits in her time in the circle.
Despite the stellar start, the Tigers would not be able to keep up their onslaught against the Broncos as Pacific's offense ran out of steam in the second game allowing the Broncos to rally late. In the first five innings of play, the Tigers posted five hits against Aubray Zell to score a pair of runs to take a 2-0 lead. In the second, Pacific picked up an unearned run against Zell to start the scoring while they added a second run in the fifth after loading the bases with one out in the inning. Armagost picked up the RBI with a ground ball to the left side that tallied the second out of the inning.
Despite loading the bases in the fifth, the Tigers mustered just one run in the inning, a mistake that would haunt them as the Broncos rallied for two runs in each of the sixth and seventh innings of play. In the sixth, Boise State picked up an unearned run of its own after a catcher's interference allowed the leadoff hitter to reach base. Three hits later, the Broncos had a pair of runs and had knocked junior Shaina Brock (Derby, Kan.), Pacific's starter, out of the game. In relief, Armagost stopped the bleeding with three straight strike outs, however, her luck would change in the top of the seventh.
After holding the Broncos in check for the entire day, Armagost suffered four hits in the final inning of play including a second solo home run that gave Boise State its first lead. The Broncos would add an insurance run later in the inning after a mental mistake by the Tigers in the field allowed the inning to continue which led to three straight singles. In the bottom half of the inning, Pacific went down in order to suffer the late inning loss.
Armagost picked up the loss as she gave up five hits and two runs in the final two innings of play while Zell earned the victory as she also gave up five hits and two runs. Brock picked up the no-decision after pitching five innings while relinquishing five hits and two runs while also striking out five.
Offensively, Rivera led the Tigers for the day with four hits in six trips to the plate. She also scored two runs and knocked in two more as the Tigers had 10 RBI in 11 runs on the day. Armagost posted four RBI despite going 1-for-6 for the afternoon.
The Tigers begin conference play this weekend as they travel to Long Beach State to take on the 49ers on April 2-3. The first day double-header is scheduled for 1:00 pm on Friday, April 2.