Pacific Softball: Final Game Of The Series Results In A 12-5 Loss To Cal State Northridge
Closing out their home stand and their three game series with Cal State Northridge, the Pacific softball team suffered a 12-5 loss to the Matadors on Sunday, April 18. The loss gave the Matadors the three game sweep in the series and dropped the Tigers to 17-24 overall and 3-5 in the conference while the Matadors improved to 21-20 overall and 5-4 in the Big West.
After a tough double header loss the day before, the Tigers came out against the Matadors in game three of the series looking to finish their weekend strong with at least one win. The prospects of success looked good early on before taking a turn for the worse midway through the contest.
Jumping on the board first, the Tigers posted a single run in the bottom of the second inning after tallying back-to-back doubles off the bats of senior Kellee Wilson (Tracy, Calif.) and sophomore Alexa Rivera (Sacramento, Calif.). Rivera's double brought in Wilson and proved to be her first of two doubles on the afternoon.
Despite the early lead, the Tigers could not hold off the offensive attack of the Matadors as Cal State Northridge responded immediately in its very next trip to the plate, posting two runs in the third to take a lead they would not relinquish. The big hit in the inning came from Tracy Allen who hit a two-out, two-run home run in her first at bat of the day.
An inning later, the Matadors broke the game open with five runs on four hits including three straight through the middle of the order including a two-run, sun aided double to left field followed by a two-run home run off the bat of Jaci Carlsen.
After finding themselves down 8-1 after another insurance run was added in the sixth by Cal State Northridge, the Tigers bats finally awoke in the bottom of the sixth inning as they were able to push across four runs in the inning against Hanna Freijo, the winner from games one and two of the series, to cut the Matador lead to 8-5. Freshman Megan Hom (Irvine, Calif.) led the inning off with a bunt single that senior Karie Wilson (Glendale, Ariz.) followed with a walk to put two runners on. To help her fellow pitchers out, freshman Nikki Armagost (Andover, Kan.) roped a double down the right field line to bring in the first run. Two batters later, Rivera looped her second double of the day to left center plating the second run. To close out the inning, freshman Amy Moore (Valencia, Calif.) lined a single into the right-center gap to score the final two runs of the inning and put the Tigers right back in the game.
However, the Matadors would not be denied offensively as they responded to the Tigers rally by batting around in the seventh to net four more runs. In the circle, Kellee Wilson, in the game in relief for the Tigers and making her first collegiate pitching appearance, suffered from five hits and an error in the inning to give up the four runs. In all, Wilson gave up nine hits and five runs to the Matadors in 2.2 innings pitched.
Down 12-5, the Tigers went down quietly in the seventh with Karie Wilson the lone batter to manage a hit in the inning against Freijo. For Freijo, the sophomore hurler earned her third win of the weekend against the Tigers as she gave up eight hits and five runs in seven innings pitched. She added six strike out and walked two in her second complete game victory. Junior Shaina Brock (Derby, Kan.) suffered the loss to fall to 4-9 on the year as she lasted 3.2 innings after giving up nine hits and seven runs in her second start of the weekend.
Pacific returns to action on Saturday, April 24, in Riverside, Calif. as the Tigers take on the conference leading Highlanders. Game time for the double-header is 12:00 pm.