Pacific Softball: Tigers Give Up Seven In Loss To Oregon State
Following the same trend as in their early game from the day, the Tigers struggled to get their bats going early in the game against the Beavers while falling behind forcing them to play catch-up late. Throughout the afternoon, the Beavers strung together enough offense to post three crooked numbers on the board in the first six innings of play, tallying a pair of runs in the second, fifth and sixth innings.
Like many of the team's the Tigers have faced off against early in the season, the Beavers were able to take advantage of a couple mistakes in the circle by junior Shaina Brock (Derby, Kan.) to post their runs. In back-to-back innings, Oregon State used the long ball to score quickly, picking up a two-run shot in the fifth by Audrey Roderfeld and a solo shot in the sixth by Ally Kutz. Additionally, the Beavers benefited from a tightly called game against Brock by the base umpires as she was called for multiple illegal pitches that resulted in free bases for runners on and led to a run in the third.
The rough outing for Brock was compounded by the fact that Pacific's offense struggled to score runs against their Pacific-10 foe. As they did against the Tar Heels in their first game of the day, the Tigers finally broke through late in the game putting together a late game rally that fell short of getting them back in the game.
In the fourth, Pacific tallied back-to-back singles with two-outs in the inning from seniors Kellee Wilson (Tracy, Calif.) and Karie Wilson (Glendale, Ariz.) only to see the inning end without posting a run on the board. An inning later, the Tigers again put two runners on with two outs after junior Lindsey Pierce (Camarillo, Calif.) singled through the left side for her second hit of the game. However, the late inning rally was cut short with Pacific having nothing to show for it.Finally, in the sixth, Pacific started its rally early in the inning beginning with a leadoff double to right-center from freshman Nikki Armagost (Andover, Kan.) With Aramgost in scoring position, Karie Wilson drove home the first run of the game for the Tigers with a double of her own to left field. The Tigers added a second run in the inning on singles by sophomore Alex Rivera (Sacramento, Calif.) and Megan Allen (Yuciapa, Calif.), the last of which drove home Wilson. The two runs would be all the Tigers could muster in the inning as they left both Rivera and Allen stranded to end the inning.
Overall, Brock was tagged with her fourth loss of they year to fall to 3-4 overall. In 5.1 innings, Brock gave up seven hits and five runs while striking out four and walking one. For the Beavers, Paige Hall picked up the victory throwing a complete seven innings while relinquishing eight hits and two runs while striking out just one Tiger and issuing no walks.
"[Oregon State] hit the ball well today, they hit home runs and they got a head of us early," said Head Coach Brian Kolze. "They capitalized on our mistakes well and made it really tough on us to try to come back."
"Overall today I don't think we played poorly, we just played average softball. However, against the team we are playing and the strength of our competition we will not be successful playing average softball."
The Tigers will close out play at the DeMarinin Tournament on Sunday, March 7, when they have a rematch with Northwestern, who they beat at the Cathedral City Classic) on the main field at Cal State Fullerton. The game is scheduled for 11;15 am.