Pacific Softball: Late Inning Rally Give Pacific A 6-4 Win Over Texas A&M CC
Battling gusting winds on day two of the Hillenbrand Invitational in Tucson, Ariz. the Pacific softball team rallied over the final innings of the contest to take a 6-4 come-from-behind win over Texas A&M Corpus Christi (TAMUCC) on Saturday, February 19. The win kept the Tigers undefeated on the season at 4-0 and 2-0 in the tournament while the Islanders fell to 5-3 on the season and 1-2 at the invitational.
With tough pitching conditions playing a factor throughout the contest, the Tigers fell behind the Islanders midway through the contest, giving up three runs in the bottom of the third inning on just one infield hit. The damage for TAMUCC would come with two outs in the inning when Pacific's pitching staff hit a rough patch as redshirt sophomore Gabby McDaniel hit a pair of batters to load the bases before walking home the first run of the game. She would be relieved by freshman Tori Shepard who took a few batters to find her groove in the game, walking a two more runs home before retiring the final batter of the inning on a ground ball.
Playing from behind for the first time on the young season, the Tigers responded immediately to the deficit by getting on the board for the first in the game to start their comeback. As the Islanders did the inning prior, the Tigers loaded the bases in the inning with a pair of singles by sophomore Amy Moore and freshman Kelsey Rodriguez and a walk to junior Alexa Rivera. With one out, senior Lindsey Pierce slapped a single through the right side of the infield to bring home the run.
After giving back the run in the bottom of the inning the Tigers finally broke through and put up a crooked number on the scoreboard against TAMUCC in the top of the fifth, cashing in a pair of walks and a single by sophomore Nikki Armagost. All three runners would eventually cross the plate for the Tigers as redshirt junior Nicole Matson scored on an illegal pitch while Armagost would score on an RBI single by Rivera. Pacific would tie the game on a ground out by Rodriguez, the first RBI of the freshman's career.
Back to even, the Tigers would complete their comeback in the sixth on a one-out home run over the left-center wall by Matson. The shortstop smashed her first home run of the season on a 1-0 pitch, knocking in the game-winning runs.
With the lead, Shepard made the two runs stick over the next two innings to pick up her first collegiate victory in the circle for the Tigers. The freshman from Lodi, Calif. threw 4.1 innings while giving up just two hits and one run. She also struck out one to improve to 1-0 on the season. McDaniel posted 2.2 innings pitched with three runs reliquished on two hits, three walks and two hit batters.
Offensively, the Tigers put together 12 hits led by freshman Megan Foglesong who posted three hits in four at bats. Matson scored a pair of runs and drove in two to lead the Tigers.