Pacific Softball: Wilson Slams Tigers Past No. 21 Tennessee, 4-3
Opening play at the annual tournament in Cathedral City, Calif., the Tigers picked up their biggest win of the young season with the upset of Tennessee. As has been done to them before, the Tigers used one big hit to do all their damage, throwing up one crooked number on the scoreboard that held up against the Lady Vol offense.
Pacific's big inning was sparked by a one-out walk to freshman Megan Allen (Yucaipa, Calif.) who worked a seven pitch free pass to put the Tigers' first runner on base. With Allen on, the top of the order went to work as junior Lindsey Pierce (Camarillo, Calif.) looped a single to left field, extending her hitting streak to six games. Junior Nicole Matson (Castaic, Calif.) would extend the inning two batters later picking up a free base after being struck in the left leg by a 1-2 pitch, the second of three hit batter on the day for Pacific.
With the bases loaded and two out starring the Tigers' clean-up hitter in the face, Wilson delivered in the clutch with an opposite field home run to right field. The grand slam was the third of her career, her seventh total home run and first home run of the young season.
Spotted four runs, junior Shaina Brock (Derby, Kan.) made the lead stick over the final four innings of play, working through the Tennessee offense with her lone hiccup coming in the top of the fifth inning. Just as the Tigers' big inning started with a walk, so too did the Lady Vol inning when the leadoff batter worked a six-pitch free pass to set up what would be a three run inning. After picking up their first out of the inning, the Tigers would allow six straight Lady Vol batters from the top of the order to reach base with no batter picking up more than a single in the run. Despite the onslaught of offense from Tennessee, Brock was able to pitch her way out further trouble, inducing a fly ball to left field to preserve a one run lead and with it the game.In the final two innings, Brock allowed just two more hits as she recorded her second win of the year to move to 2-2 overall. Against the Lady Vols, Brock finished with four strike outs and just one walk issued while relinquishing three runs and nine hits in her fourth complete game. Cat Hosfield suffered the loss for Tennessee as she threw all six innings in the circle giving up four hits and four runs while striking out three, walking three and hitting three more.
The Tigers will be back in action later today as they take on No. 9 Oklahoma in their second game of the Cathedral City Classic. The game is scheduled to begin at 6:00 pm, barring extra inning contests and late starts in earlier contests at the tournament