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    Pacific Softball: Armagost's Gem Not Enough As Missed Opportunities Keep Pacific From Upsetting No. 24 Fresno State

    Feb 14, 2010
    Dominating the No. 24 ranked Fresno State Bulldogs throughout the day proved not to be enough for the Pacific softball team as the Tigers let their upset bid slip away with a 1-0, eight inning, loss on Sunday, February 14. The loss dropped the Tigers to 0-3 on the year while the Bulldogs improved to 5-0.

    Looking to avenge their no-hit loss to Morgan Melloh, the Tigers wasted no time getting their first hit of the weekend against the lefty when junior Lindsey Pierce (Camarillo, Calif.) started the game off with a double down the left field line. The hit marked the first hit in eight innings for the Tigers against Melloh , but it was for not as the Tigers failed to bring home Pierce, stranding their leadoff hitter at second.

    Again, the Tigers threatened in the second, starting the inning off with another leadoff double down the left field line this time off the bat of freshman Nikki Armagost (Andover, Kan.), only to strand her at third base to end the inning. The double was Armagost's first collegiate hit after going hitless in her first day of action despite picking up two RBI.

    Creeping ever closer to breaking through on the scoreboard, the Tigers again put Melloh into a jam in the third with their third straight leadoff hit, this time in the form of a single up the middle by senior Karie Wilson (Glendale, Ariz.). However, the Tigers would again leave runners in scoring position at the end of the inning as Melloh was able to work her way out of the jam with no damage.

    After a quiet fourth in which the Tigers picked up only a one-out single from freshman Megan Allen (Yucaipa, Calif.), Pacific put together yet another optimal scoring opportunity in the fifth, only to deny themselves. With back-to-back singles to start the inning, the Tigers again failed to get down the sacrifice bunt, lining into a double play before running into an out on an attempted steal to end the inning. The Tigers would go quietly in the six, seventh and eighth.

    In the circle for the Tigers, Armagost picked up her first collegiate start. It did not take long for the freshman pitcher to show why she was the Gatorade Player of the Year in Kansas last season as she mowed through the top of the order in just seven pitches. In the second, Armagost was nearly as impressive as she only need eight pitches to retire the side in order.

    Armagost finally gave up her first hit of the game in the third, but quickly dispatched the Bulldogs back to the dugout with a pair of strike outs before Wilson helped her young pitcher out by gunning down a would-be base stealer to end the inning. In the fourth, the Bulldogs would add a second hit only to be shut down with runners on first and second to end the inning.

    Continuing her dominance over the Bulldogs, Armagost put Fresno State down in order in the fifth and the sixth before shutting down a potential rally in the seventh by retiring the power of the Bulldog lineup after giving up a leadoff single. In the eighth, Armagost would make her first and only mistake of the day, a mistake that Nicole Angene would deposit over the left field wall for the walk-off victory.

    Overall, Armagost shined giving up just four hits in seven full innings pitched while striking out six and walking none. For the Bulldogs, Melloh picked up her fourth win of the year despite the Tigers putting her into jams throughout the entire game. She finished with nine hits against while also striking out nine and issuing no walks.

    The Tigers will look to get on track against Sacramento State later in the day as they take on the Hornets at 4:00 pm at Bulldog Stadium.