Pacific Softball: Series Finally Comes To An End As Pacific Falls 3-1 To UC Davis
Finally finishing their series which began over two weeks prior, the Pacific softball team dropped the third and final game of the series to UC Davis, 3-1, on Wednesday, April 28. The game was a make up game from April 11 when inclement weather forced the game to move later in the month. With the loss the Tigers fell to 19-26 overall and 5-7 in the conference while the Aggies moved to 19-25 overall and 8-4 in the Big West.
After picking up a series win on the road over the weekend, the Tigers returned home to Bill Simoni Field only to find the confines of their home park not to be so friendly. A trio of defensive miscues in the contest, including two in the top of the third inning contest the Tigers on the scoreboard while missed opportunities at the plate put them further behind the Aggies.
With the first error of the day prolonging the inning in the third, the Tigers' freshman pitcher Nikki Armagost (Andover, Kan.) compounded the first mistake with an error of her own when she dropped a pop up in the circle that would have ended the inning. On the play, the Aggies scored their first run of the game all the way from second base as the runner was off on contact and never stopped running. The mistake by Armagost was just her first error of the season, snapping a streak of 175 chances without an error.
Down one, the Tigers fell behind even further in the fifth inning when they gave up two more runs, this time on a trio of hits by UC Davis. After a pair of singles got the ball rolling for the Aggies in the inning, the big blow came on a two-out double to left-center field by Kylie Fan which plated both runs in the inning. The runs would be the last scored by the Aggies in the contest, but they would prove to be enough as Pacific's bats struggled to come up with timely hits.
The lone score for Pacific in the contest came in the bottom of the sixth inning when senior Kellee Wilson (Tracy, Calif.) belted a solo home run to dead center field on a 3-2 pitch by Dana Waldusky, the Aggies' starter. Wilson's big hit was the fifth of the season for the senior third baseman. In the seventh, the Tigers threatened the Aggies' 3-1 lead with two one-out singles to bring the winning run to the plate. However, junior Lindsey Pierce (Camarillo, Calif.) and freshman Megan Hom (Irvine, Calif.) would stay stranded as the next two batters were retired on a strike out and a fly ball to left field.
For Hom, the day was a success at the plate as the Tiger center fielder finished 3-for-4 at the plate with a double and two singles. The three hits moved her average to a team-best .361 and pushed her over the 50 hit plateau as she finished the game with 52 hits on the season.
In the circle, Armagost suffered her fifth straight loss and fourth straight in conference action as she went six innings while giving up five hits and three runs, two earned. She added four strike outs and three walks to her overall totals as she fell to 10-9 overall. Waldusky picked up the win for the Aggies as she went all seven innings in the circle as she gave up seven hits, but only one run while striking out three and walking three.
The Tigers will be back in action on Saturday, May 1 when they take on Cal State Fullerton in a double header at Bill Simoni Field to begin their three game series. The first day's action is slated to begin at 12:00 pm.