Pacific Softball: Tigers Open Home Stand With A 7-2 Win Over San Jose State
With six home games scheduled over the next six days, the Pacific softball team got off on the right foot to start their home stand as they downed San Jose State, 7-2, on Thursday, April 8. The victory for the Tigers was their third straight win moving their overall record to 15-19. With the loss the Spartans fell to 25-14.
In what can only be described as an ugly game, the Tigers outplayed the counterparts in the field to pick up the easy victory over the Spartans. With nine total runs scored between the two teams, just one counted against the pitcher who gave it up as the Spartans committed seven errors in the field to account for all seven runs scored by the Tigers while Pacific's two defensive miscues allowed one of the Spartans' two runs to score.
After a quiet half inning in the field for the Tigers to start the game, Pacific immediately jumped out front of the Spartans in their first trip to the plate as they notched a single run in the bottom of the first to take the quick lead. Junior Lindsey Pierce (Camarillo, Calif.) kick started the inning for the Tigers with a single through the right side of the infield. From there the Tigers used a pair of throwing errors by the Spartans in the field to put their next two runners on and bring home their first and only run of the inning.
In the second, a one-out error in the field by San Jose State helped keep the inning alive for the Tigers as once again Pacific jumped on the mistake to do damage on the scoreboard. With two outs in the inning and two runners on base, Pacific strung together three straight singles through the heart of its order to net three runs in the inning. Senior Karie Wilson (Glendale, Ariz.) scored the first hit of the inning for the Tigers on a pop up just behind second base that fell in between three Spartan defenders each attempting to let their teammate make the play. After the mental mistake, freshman Nikki Armagost (Andover, Kan.) laced a single through the left side for her first of two hits in the game. She was followed by senior Kellee Wilson (Tracy, Calif.) who singled into left to plate the third run of the rally.
Up four, Pacific tacked on a pair of runs in the fourth, getting two errors, two walks and two wild pitches to plate its two runs in the inning. The Tigers would add a seventh insurance run in the bottom of the sixth inning after Karie Wilson and Armagost started the inning with back-to-back singles. On Armagost's single, sophomore Erin Stephens (Davis, Calif.), was put in the game to run for Wilson after rejoining the team just two days prior to provide the Tigers with more depth, went from first to third courtesy of a kicked ball by the Spartans' right fielder. The error was the seventh of the game for the Spartans and led indirectly to another run when Stephens trotted home on a deep sacrifice fly from Kellee Wilson.
With the Spartans struggling in the field, the Tigers played just a bit better despite committing a pair of errors of their own. In the fifth, a one-out error by the Tigers led to the Spartans' first run of the game when Breanna Lopez singled to left to bring home Kelli Fangonilo who had reached on the error. Lopez went 2-for-4 in the game and notched both RBI as she singled in the seventh to again plate Fangonilo who had reached on a one-out double.
Armagost notched the win for the Tigers in the circle as she moved to 8-4 on the year. In seven complete innings of work, Armagost gave up eight hits, two runs (only one earned) while striking out six and walking two. Elyssa Fox suffered the loss as she lasted just 3.1 innings, giving up four hits and six runs while striking out three and walking three.
Pacific will rejoin Big West Conference play on Saturday, April 10, when UC Davis comes to Stockton, Calif. to take on the Tigers. The double-header begins at 12:00 pm at Bill Simoni Field.