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    Pacific Softball: No. 14 Bears Too Much As Pacific Falls At Cal, 8-0 (5 inn.)

    Mar 24, 2010
    Traveling to Berkeley, Calif. to take on the No. 14 Cal Bears, the Pacific softball team could not get their offense going against the top-15 ranked team, falling 8-0 in five innings on Wednesday, March 24. The loss dropped the Tigers to 10-14 overall while the Bears improved to 24-6.

    Entering the final full week of non-conference play, the Tigers hit the road to face yet another top ranked team. However, after coming off a trio of shutouts last week at home, the Tigers were unable to duplicate their recent successes as the Bears dispatched the Tigers early with eight runs in five innings of play.

    Pacific's Big West best offense was held in check by Valerie Arioto, who was the winning pitcher in the contest for the Bears, as she kept the Tigers to just one hit in the game. Pacific's lone hit came in their first at bat of the afternoon as junior Lindsey Pierce (Camarillo, Calif.), who in No. 1 in the Big West in batting having entered the game hitting .422, singled off of Arioto to begin the contest. Despite the opening hit, Pacific would not get another as Arioto essentially kept the rest of the Tigers off the base paths the rest of the afternoon. For the game, Arioto posted 10 strike outs to no walks in five innings pitched.

    On the other side, the Bears were able to take advantage of a bout of wildness from sophomore Gabby McDaniel (Sacramento, Calif.), who fell to 3-6 with the loss, as she walked six while giving up all eight runs. The Bears were able to post one run in the first, three in the third and four more in the fourth.

    Freshman Nikki Armagost (Andover, Kan.) pitched one out in relief of McDaniel during which she gave up a pair of free passes, one walk and one hit batter, but did not give up a run.

    The Tigers will be back in action on Saturday, March 27, at the Stanford Invitational where they will close out regular season non-conference tournament play. Pacific will take on BYU to open the tournament at 3:45. Pacific defeated the Cougars two weeks ago in Tempe, Ariz, 4-2, at the Diamond Devil Invitational.