Pacific Softball: Seventh Inning Rally Leads To Heart Break For Pacific Against Sacramento State
Picking up where they left off from their early game, the Tigers came out swinging against the Hornets in their final game at Bulldog Diamond. Starting things off for the Tigers, junior Lindsey Pierce (Camarillo, Calif.) continued to swing a hot bat, tripling down the left field line. With Pierce just 60 feet from pay dirt, junior Nicole Matson (Castaic, Calif.) came through with a deep fly ball to right-center field that gave enough room for Pierce to tag up and score the Tigers' first run of the day. The RBI was Matson's first of the 2010 campaign while Pierce's triple was her first since her freshman season when she posted a pair of three-baggers.
In the second, Pacific and Matson would get a second chance to do even more damage, stepping to the plate with the bases loaded after the Tigers' put together three hits in four batters including freshman Amy Moore's (Valencia, Calif.) first collegiate hit. However, Matson's sharply hit line drive between first and second would not get through to the outfield to drive in runs as Erin Jones robbed Pacific's shortstop of yet another RBI hit.
Two innings later, the Tigers were granted a third shot at scoring as they were the recipients of a pair of errors in the field to start the inning. With two runners on, Pacific pushed the duo into scoring position with a sacrifice bunt, but was unable to drive them home and dent the scoreboard further. The Tigers would strand an eighth runner on base in the fifth, leaving Matson 60 feet from the plate after she led the inning off with her first double of the season.
In the circle, junior Shaina Brock (Derby, Kan.) got the call to start against the Hornets for her second appearance against Sacramento State in as many days. After giving up just three hits in her first start of the season against Fresno State, Brock posted another strong performance, but could not pick up her first victory as a Tiger.
In the first, Brock worked out of tenuous situation caused by a defensive error that allowed the first Hornet to reach base and advance to second to start the game. Despite the sudden scoring situation against her, Brock denied Sacramento State herself, striking out the next two batters while inducing a fly ball to left to end the inning.
Through the next two innings, Brock had the Hornets guessing and coming up empty until finally in the fourth, Emily McCormick put an end to Brock's no-hit bid with a solo shot over the left field fence. The hit was the first of the day for the Hornets after being no-hit by Fresno State in their previous game.
Despite giving up the home run, Brock was able to recover, even putting down a bases loaded rally in the fifth that began on a wild-pitch strike out. In the inning, Brock got help from her freshman third baseman Megan Allen (Yucaipa, Calif.) who cut down stopped a suicide squeeze play at the plate after the Hornets dropped down a bunt with runners at first and third with no one out in the inning. The Tigers cut down two runners at the plate in the inning.
Despite the strong outing, Brock could not pitch her way out of a final bases loaded jam in the seventh inning as the Hornets were able to steal the victory from the Tigers with a two-run double by Emily Jones with two outs in the inning. She finished the game with seven hits against in 6.2 innings pitched with three runs against and five strike outs.
Megan Schaefer picked up the win for the Hornets to move to 1-0 on the year after giving up seven hits and two runs while striking out one and walking one. In the game, Schaefer was able to strand nine Tigers on base to pick up the win.
Pacific will be back in action on Saturday, February 20 at home at Bill Simoni Field. The Tigers will host a double-header against Santa Clara beginning at 12:00 pm.