Pacific Softball: Pacific Suffers Its First Loss Of 2011, Falling 8-0 To Drake
Playing their second game of the day on the second day of the Hillenbrand Invitational, the Pacific softball team suffered its first loss of the 2011 season, falling 8-0 in six innings to Drake on Saturday, February 19. The loss dropped the Tigers to 4-1 overall and 2-1 at the invitational while the Bulldogs improved to 6-1 overall and 2-1 in Tucson.
From the beginning, the Tigers were put on their heels when Macie Sillman lifted a 2-1 pitch into the swirling winds in left field over the fence for a leadoff home run. The Bulldogs would not look back as they tacked on three more runs over the next two innings, all coming on home runs to left and left-center to knock sophomore Nikki Armagost out of the game after just three innings. The three inning outing marked the second shortest outing for the young pitcher in her career.
The Bulldogs would put the game out of reach two innings later with three runs in the top of the fifth and finally put the game away in the top of the sixth with a single run. The eight runs would be all Drake starter Jenna DeLong would need as she held the Tiger bats quiet throughout the game.
The Tigers broke up the perfect game and no-hit bid by DeLong in the bottom of the fifth inning when Armagost laced a single up the middle for Pacific's first hit of the afternoon. However, the Armagost hit would be Pacific's lone single of the afternoon as the Drake senior faced just two batters over the 18 batter minimum for the six inning contest. She would walk freshman Taylor DeSilva in the bottom of the sixth as the freshman saw her first collegiate trip to the plate result in a free pass to first.
Armagost suffered her first loss of the season in the circle for the Tigers as she fell to 2-1 on the year. The Andover, Kan. ace relinquished five hits and four runs in her three innings in the circle. Senior Shaina Brock went three as well for Pacific in relief, giving up seven hits and fours, three of which were earned.
Pacific will close out play at the tournament on Sunday, February 20, when they take on the No. 2 team in the country and the host Wildcats in the invitational's final contest. The game is scheduled for 12:00 pm PST at Hillenbrand Stadium.