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Pacific Softball: Huskers Bats Too Much As Pacific Falls 11-2 In Six Innings

Mar 13, 2010
For the second game in a row, the Tigers cost themselves against Nebraska, falling to the Huskers, 11-2 (six innings), on Saturday, March 13 to close out play at the Diamond Devil Invitational in Tempe, Ariz. The loss dropped the Tigers to 7-12 on the year while the Huskers improved to 13-11. For the tournament the Tigers went 1-3 while in Tempe.

The critical inning of the contest for the Tigers came down to just one bad run of plays in the top of the third inning as Nebraska sent nine to the plate en route to six runs. In the inning the Tigers aided the Huskers assault as they struggled defensively in the infield committing two errors and missing other opportunities to put Nebraska back on the field without any damage done. With the mistakes, the Huskers broke the game open with five straight hits through the middle of the order capped off with a three-run home run to dead center by Brooke Thomason. All six runs in the inning were unearned due to the errors.

In the fifth, the Tigers would cost themselves again with an error in the field as the free base runner turned into another free run when Thomason blasted her second home run of the afternoon. The two runs gave the Huskers an 8-2 lead in the game, a lead they would expanded with their third home run of the game, a two-out three-run shot by Julie Brechtel in the top of the sixth.

On the other side of the ball, Pacific posted their pair of runs with solo strikes in the first and third inning. Striking first against the Huskers, Pacific manufactured its offense using small ball. Freshman Megan Hom (Irvine, Calif.) put the inning in motion with a chopped single to third. She put herself into scoring position with her team-leading fifth stolen base of the season. In scoring position, Hom came into score the first run of the game on a single by freshman Nikki Armagost (Andover, Kan.) who continued a stellar day at the plate with her third hit of the day.

Armagost added a second hit and a second RBI in her second at bat of the contest in the third, driving in Hom for the second time after Hom led the inning off with a triple to right-center field. Armagost finished the game with three hits, including two doubles, while going a perfect 5-for-5 in the Tigers' two contests.

In the game, the Tigers posted seven hits with Hom and Armagost combining for five of those hits.

Sophomore Gabby McDaniel (Sacramento, Calif.) suffered the loss for the Tigers to fall to 2-4 on the year. In five innings, McDaniel gave up nine hits and eight runs, only one earned, while striking out five. Armagost, in relief, was tagged with the final three runs of the game for the Huskers as she gave up four hits three runs in one inning pitched.

Ashley Hagemann picked up the win in the circle for the Huskers as she benefited from her team's offensive attack after giving up seven hits in six innings while striking out 11.

The Tigers return home on Tuesday, March 16 when they host Iona at Bill Simoni Field. The two teams will meet for a double-header which will begin at 1:00 pm