Pacific Softball: Pacific Shut Out By No. 8 Arizona State, 4-0
Facing off against one of the top teams in the country, the Tigers had their chances early in the contest against the Sun Devils, but were unable to take advantage of multiple base runners in the first three innings. In each of the first and the third, Pacific put its first two batters on base combining three hits with a walk to put together their threats. In the middle of both opportunities was junior Lindsey Pierce (Camarillo, Calif.) who posted two singles in each of her first two at bats.
The best chance to score for the Tigers came in the third when they had runners at the corners with no outs in the inning after senior Brittany Hendrickson (San Jose, Calif.) led the inning off with a double down the line and moved to third on Pierce's second hit of the night. Despite the first run of the night standing one base away, the Tigers came away empty as Hendrickson was cut down at the plate trying to take the final 60 feet on wild pitch.
While the Tigers struggled to come up with runs, the Sun Devils were able to get to sophomore Gabby McDaniel (Sacramento, Calif.), who started the game for the Tigers in the circle, with timely hits. In the bottom half of the second, Arizona State posted its first run of the contest after loading the bases with out the benefit of a hit. With three free passes, the Sun Devils finally posted their first hit of the inning, a two-out RBI bloop single to right that brought home the single run.An inning later, the Sun Devils tallied three more runs to their game totals, tagging the Tigers with four hits in the inning including back-to-back doubles that netted all three runs. After giving up the second double, McDaniel got out of the rest of the inning with a pair of strike outs. From there, McDaniel and the Tigers would keep Arizona State off the board without any further runs scored.
For the game, Pierce went 2-for-3 at the plate to lead the Tigers as they posted four hits in the game. Freshman Amy Moore(Valencia, Calif.) added the Tigers fourth hit of the game as she went 1-for-3. In the circle, McDaniel fell to 2-3 overall as she threw five innings, giving up six hits and four runs while walking eight and striking out five.
Megan Elliot picked up the victory to move to 8-1 overall on the year for the Sun Devils. In seven complete innings, Elliot gave up four hits while striking out seven and walking one.
Pacific will be back in action on Saturday, March 13, in day two action of the Diamond Devil Invitational. The Tigers take on No. 23 BYU at 9:00 am (PST) to start the day, followed by a second game against Nebraska immediately following.