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    Pacific Softball: Tigers Luck Runs Out Against Colorado State

    Feb 26, 2010
    The Pacific softball team's tough afternoon ended early against Colorado State on Friday, February 26, as they fell 10-0 in five innings to wrap up day two at the Cathedral City Classic. The loss dropped the Tigers to 4-6 overall and 2-2 at the tournament while the Rams improved to 5-5 on the year and 1-0 in the tournament.

    Playing their second straight game of the day, the Tigers got off to a rough start against the Rams when junior Shaina Brock (Derby, Kan.) suffered her worst start in a Pacific uniform, lasting just one third an inning. Against the first six batters in the Ram order, Brock gave up five hits and was tagged for four runs.

    Called into relief, sophomore Gabby McDaniel (Sacramento, Calif.) got some help from her defense to get out of the inning without giving up any further damage as senior Karie Wilson (Glendale, Ariz.) threw out a runner at second trying to steal for the second out of the inning while McDaniel induced a ground ball to second to finish off the inning.

    The Rams added two more runs in the bottom of the third, using a single sandwiched in between two free passes (one hit by pitch and one walk) to load the bases and set up the inning. A single into right by Robyn Mask netted the Rams their two runs in the inning as they took a commanding six run lead. An inning later, the Rams put the game away with four more runs, three of which were unearned runs. The 10 runs would hold as the Tigers could not dent the scoreboard in the top of the fifth inning.

    Offensively, the Tigers had two chances to score in their five innings of action as seniors Karie Wilson (Glendale, Ariz.) and Kellee Wilson (Tracy, Calif.) led off the second and the fourth innings, respectively, with doubles. However, both were stranded at second as the Tigers were only able to spray four hits throughout the afternoon against Kelli Eubanks, Colorado State's starting pitcher. Freshman Megan Hom (Irvine, Calif.) finished the game 2-for-2 at the plate to lead the Tigers.

    Eubanks improved to 4-2 on the year for the Rams as she struck out four and walked none in five innings of work to pick up the win. Brock fell to 2-3 overall in the circle.

    The Tigers will be back in action on Saturday, February 27, as they wrap up their participation in the Cathedral City Classic with a final contest against Oregon. The game is scheduled for 10:00 am.