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Pacific Softball: Tigers Strike Back Upsetting No. 23 BYU, 4-2

Mar 13, 2010
Sending their freshman to the circle to face yet another top-25 opponent, the Pacific softball team upset No. 23 BYU, 4-2, led by Nikki Armagost (Andover, Kan.) at the Diamond Devil Invitational on Saturday, March 13. The win moved the Tigers to 7-11 overall while the Cougars fell to 16-6.

Threatening to score in the first two innings, Pacific finally broke through against the Cougars in the bottom of the third inning, knocking out five hits in the inning to post four runs. The runs were the first of the tournament for the Tigers after a tough offensive day on Friday.

Unlike the first two at bats of the morning, the Tigers did not get their first runner on base as they got the inning flying after the first out was recorded. As she did the previous day, junior Lindsey Pierce (Camarillo, Calif.) picked up the first hit of the inning, and first hit of the game for either team, with a lined single into left field. A walk to freshman Megan Hom (Irvine, Calif.) put the Tigers most dangerous runners on base for the heart of the order which delivered with three consecutive singles to break through on the board.

After senior Karie Wilson (Glendale, Ariz.) put Tigers on every base with a single through the left side, senior Kellee Wilson (Tracy, Calif.) continued to be the Tigers' most reliable run scorer as she singled down the left field line to plate both Pierce and Hom. Following suit, Armagost singled to center brining home Karie Wilson and Pacific's third run of the inning. After recording their second out of the inning, freshman Amy Moore (Valencia, Calif.) delivered a final blow to the Cougars in the inning, beating out a chop single to third base that brought in Kellee Wilson for the final run of the inning

In the circle, Armagost held back a vaunted BYU offense as she was perfect through four innings of work before relinquishing a leadoff single to Jessica Purcell-Fitu. With the perfect game and no-hitter broken up, Armagost would give up her shutout bid to the next Cougar batter when Andrea Ramirez took a 2-2 pitch over the center field wall for a two-run home run. Despite the runs given up and seeing two more Cougars reach base, Armagost got out of the jam with a pair of strikeouts and help from her catcher as Moore picked off the runner at second to end the inning.

In the seventh, the Cougars threatened again putting their first two batters on when Purcell-Fitu lead the inning off with a double and Ramirez worked a walk. They would load the bases on a second free pass, putting the tying run on second and in scoring position. Staring another difficult situation in the face, the freshman put the game to rest by inducing a pop up and fly ball.

Overall, Armagost proved again to be in top form against some of the top competition in the nation as she earned her second win of the year against a top-25 opponent. In seven complete, Armagost gave up just four hits and two runs while striking out a career-high eight and walking three. Additionally, Armagost led the Tigers offensively with two hits in two official at bats.

For the Cougars, Paige Affleck picked up her fifth loss of the year to drop to 11-5 overall after giving up six hits and four runs in six innings pitched.