Pacific Softball: Snakebitten Again, Pacific Falls 2-1 On Seventh Inning Home Run
Leading 1-0 heading into the final inning, the Pacific softball team fell victim to yet another seventh inning pinch hit home run by Cal State Fullerton, falling 2-1 on Sunday, May 2. The snake bitten Tigers fell to 20-28 overall and 6-9 in conference play while the Titans improved to 12-35 on the year and 7-8 in the Big West.
Just as the game played out the day before, the Tigers were on the wrong end of a lucky last inning home run which snatched the series victory out of the hands and handed the win over the the Titans. As Morgan LeMond did the game prior, Natalie DeLeese provided the late inning stunner, hitting what would have been a shallow pop up to right field on any other day but found the 20 mile an hour winds down the line to float just over the right field fence for the game-winning two-run home run. Prior to the home run, the Titans had picked up a single through the left side of the infield from LeMond, a single which was just their third hit of the contest against freshman Nikki Armagost (Andover, Kan.).
The freshman pitcher may prove to be one of the unluckiest pitchers in the nation over the last month of action as she dropped her seventh consecutive decision in the circle to fall to 10-11 on the year. Of the seven losses, five have now come by one run with five coming in extra innings or in now in the seventh inning of play. For Armagost, the day seemed to be heading in the right direction until the final inning as she had given up just two hits through six innings of work while striking out seven Titans.
The winning pitcher in the game proved to be Krystal Heinle as she went seven innings, giving up three hits and one run while walking three. Heinle was helped out by the Tigers in the fifth inning as once again Pacific was able to load the bases against the Titans with no out in the inning but were forced to settle for just one run. The day prior, the Tigers twice put runners on every base with no outs in the inning only to be held scoreless in each case. For Pacific, the lone run in the inning came on a one-out walk to senior Brittany Hendrickson (San Jose, Calif.) who picked up just her seventh RBI of the year on the free pass.
Pacific will hit the road for the final time on Saturday, May 8 when they head to Santa Barbara, Calif. to take on the Gauchos of UC Santa Barbara. The opening double header is slated to begin at 12:00 pm.