Pacific Softball: Early and Late Runs Down Pacific Against No. 9 Oklahoma, 9-0 (6 inn.)
Unlike the game earlier in the afternoon, the Tigers fell behind early to Sooners, dropping behind by four runs in the first inning alone. Out of the gate, sophomore Gabby McDaniel (Sacramento, Calif.) did not have her best stuff in the circle for Pacific as she struggled to pick up the strike zone while staying away from the Sooners' power. The results were a trio of walks and a wild pitch intermixed with a pair of Oklahoma hits that did all the damage in the inning.
In the second, the Sooners struck again for a single run when Chana'e Jones lifted a leadoff home run over the right field fence for the solo run. After Oklahoma put McDaniel into another jam, junior Shaina Brock (Derby, Kan.) was brought into the game in relief to shut down the rally. Facing two batters, Brock struck out both Sooners she faced, halting the Oklahoma rally in its tracks and shutting down the Sooner attack.
In the fifth Brock gave her first run of the contest, an unearned run after a defensive error kept the Sooners alive, a mistake they would make the Tigers pay for with their sixth run of the game. In the sixth, a single and a catcher's interference put the Sooners in place to end the contest with one swing, a feat accomplished by Amber Flores who lifted Oklahoma's second home run of the game to end the contest early.
Brock finished the contest with four hits and four runs against (two earned) while striking out four and walking one in relief. McDaniel picked up the loss to drop to 1-2 on the year while giving up five runs and three hits in 1.1 innings of work.Offensively, the Tigers had no answer for Oklahoma's starting pitcher, Kristen Allen as she took a perfect game into the sixth inning before freshman Megan Allen (Yucaipa, Calif.) broke up the bid for perfection with a single through the left side. The Tigers would add a second hit in the inning on a chopped single by freshman Megan Hom (Irvine, Calif.) that loaded the bases for the Tigers after junior Lindsey Pierce (Camarillo, Calif.) walked following Allen's single. The walk in her final at bat broke a six-game hitting streak for the Tiger right fielder as she finished the night 0-for-2 at the plate.
Pacific will be back in action at the Cathedral City Classic on Friday, February 26, as it opens second day play at the tournament with a tilt against No. 22 Northwestern. The game is scheduled for 10:30 am.