Pacific Softball: Tough Third Proves Costly As Pacific Falls 12-3 To No. 3 Florida
Playing as the visiting team at the neutral site game, the Tigers got on the board first against the nationally ranked Gators, tagging Florida for a pair of runs in the top of the first inning. In the inning, the Tigers did their damage facing their final out of the inning, picking up back-to-back doubles off the bats of seniors Kellee Wilson (Tracy, Calif.) and Karie Wilson (Glendale, Ariz.). Kellee Wilson drove in the first run of the game, plating junior Lindsey Pierce (Camarillo, Calif.) who had led off the game with a walk.
In the bottom half of the inning, the Tigers saw their hard fought runs erased with a single swing of the bat when Brittany Schutte lifted a two-run home run down the right field line in just the Gators' second at bat of the game. In the second, the Gators took the lead from the Tigers, again using the long ball to jump ahead, this time picking up a solo home run to center field by Megan Bush to lead off the inning. They tacked on a fourth run by taking advantage of a Tiger error.
Down by two, the Tigers struck again against Florida in their third trip to the plate, posting a single run in the third to climb back within one run. An infield single by freshman Megan Hom (Irvine, Calif.) got the inning started for the Tigers, Pacific again called upon Kellee Wilson to deliver the run. With Hom on second after a ground ball out, Wilson roped her second double of the day to right-center bringing home Hom for her second RBI of the game.At 4-3, the Tigers would see the flood gates open in the bottom of the third when the Gator offense ignited for eight runs on five hits. In the inning, Florida used four doubles, three walks and one grand slam off the bat of Francesca Enea to post the big crooked number against the Tigers. The grand slam was the seventh of Enea's career. The eight runs in the inning put the game out of reach for the Tigers and into a shortened state.
In the circle, freshman Nikki Armagost (Andover, Kan.) suffered her second loss of the year to a top-25 opponent to fall to 1-2 on the year. In 2.2 innings of work, the freshman gave up eight hits and nine runs, eight earned, while striking out four and walking three. For the Gators, Ensley Gammel picked up her second win of the season in as many starts as she threw all five innings while giving up seven hits and three runs. Offensively, the Tigers top-5 hitters accounted for six of the teams seven hits with Kellee Wilson leading the way with her two hits.
"I am proud of the way our offense went today," said Head Coach Brian Kolze. "We hit well against a very good team and put up some runs. What we are going to have to take out of the game, however, is that you can't make mistakes against great hitting teams because they jump on every little mistake you make. Any error you make in the circle or in the field they will make you pay for."