Pacific Softball: Tigers Bury Roadrunners, 10-4, In Second Game At Stanford Invitational
Pacific posted runs in all but two innings on the night, posting four runs in the first four innings before putting the Roadrunners away for good with six in the sixth inning. The big damage of the night for the Tigers came on freshman Megan Allen's (Yucaipa, Calif.) third home run of the season, a grand slam after an eight pitch at bat.
The Tigers got out quickly against Cal State Bakersfield, making good use of a leadoff walk to junior Lindsey Pierce (Camarillo, Calif.) to post their first run of the game. Pierce came around to score her first of two runs in the game on an RBI double by senior Kellee Wilson (Tracy, Calif.) after moving into scoring position on an infield single by freshman Megan Hom (Irvine, Calif.).
In the second, Pacific scored an unearned run on the first of what would be three costly errors by the Roadrunners in the contest. An inning later, the Tigers again took advantage of a leadoff walk in the inning, this time to freshman Nikki Armagost (Andover, Kan.), who scored the third run of the game on a double by freshman Amy Moore (Valencia, Calif.).
The mistakes for the Roadrunners continued in the fourth when Hom singled to right field only to come all the way around to score on a pair of errors in the field.
After giving up their second rnu of the game to Cal State Bakersfield to bring the score to 4-2, the Tigers put the Roadrunners away for good in the sixth, posting a pair of runs before Allen's big hit. After three straight hits by sophomore Alexa Rivera (Sacramento, Calif.), senior Brittany Hendrickson (San Jose, Calif.) and Pierce, the Tigers posted their first run of the inning the easy way when senior Karie Wilson (Glendale, Ariz.) was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded. Two batters later, the Tigers again walked in yet another run when Armagost worked an eight pitch walk to force home Hom.
In the bottom of the sixth, the Roadrunners avoided the early stoppage of the game with a pair of runs off of Armagost, who had entered the game in relief of junior Shaina Brock (Derby, Kan.) who threw 4.1 innings against the Roadrunners to start the game. Brock gave up four hits and two runs in her stint in the circle as she moved to 4-5 on the year. In relief, Armagost gave up two hits and two runs, only one earned, while striking out five in 2.2 innings of relief.
Pacific will be back in action on Sunday, March 28, as they compete in day two of the Stanford Invitational. The Tigers will take on Santa Clara to start the day at 11:15 am.