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    Pacific Softball: Tigers Walk In A Run In The Seventh To Fall 1-0 To Santa Clara

    Mar 28, 2010
    Continuing play at the Stanford Invitational, the Pacific softball team cost itself a chance for a second win at the tournament as they walked in a run in the seventh to fall 1-0 to Santa Clara on Sunday, March 28. The loss dropped the Tigers to 11-16 on the year and 1-2 at the tournament while the Broncos improved to 8-14 overall and 3-1 at the tournament.

    Throughout the day Pacific had its chances to score against the Broncos, but were unable to bring home any runs against Kaitlyn Rauschnot, Santa Clara's starter, as they left eight runners on base throughout the game. Additionally, the Tigers put three runners into scoring position three separate times, but were unable to break through. Overall, the Tigers posted five hits against Rauschnot led by junior Lindsey Pierce (Camarillo, Calif.) who went 3-for-4 with three singles.

    In the circle, the Tigers dominated the Broncos for much of the morning as freshman Nikki Armagost (Andover, Kan.) gave up just one hit in five innings pitched as she struck out five and walked one while hitting another. The only time Armagost found herself in a small jam throughout the game came in the fifth inning when she walked the leadoff batter before giving up her first hit of the game. She would get out of trouble by inducing three straight outs to stymie the small rally by the Broncos.

    Junior Shaina Brock (Derby, Kan.) entered the game in relief of Armagost in the sixth and giving up just one hit in her first inning of work to keep the game scoreless. However, in the seventh, Brock's control became an issue as she issued three free passes to the Broncos' bottom of the order, the third of which came with the bases loaded to walk in what would stand as the game's winning run. Brock was not charged with an earned run in the inning as two of her three walks came after the Tigers' committed a defensive error in the field to put an extra base runner on in the inning. 

    The loss for the Tigers was just their fifth loss in program history against Santa Clara as Pacific came into the contest with a 73-4 record against the Broncos after shutting out Santa Clara twice early in the season. The last time Pacific suffered a defeat to Santa Clara came on March 31, 2004, when the Broncos won 4-3 in the first game of a double-header.

    Pacific will close out the Stanford Invitational with a contest against No. 9 Stanford at 1:30 pm.