Pacific Softball: Tigers Cruise To A 5-1 Win Over Kennesaw State
The Pacific softball team opened play at the Hillenbrand Invitational in Tucson, Ariz. with a 5-1 victory of Kennesaw State on Friday, February 18. The victory for the Tigers moved the team to 3-0 on the year while the Owls fell to 4-1 with their first loss.
Freshman Taylor Petty led the way for the Tigers with a 3-for-3 effort at the plate including scoring the first run of the afternoon after picking up her first career hit in the third. The third baseman from Porter, Texas got the Tigers' big four run inning started with a bang as she laced a double into the left-center gap.
Pacific proceeded to load the bases in he inning in front of the heart of its order as senior Lindsey Pierce reached on a misplayed sacrifice bunt while sophomore Megan Hom continued her torrid start to the 2011 season with an infield single. With a chance to give her team the first lead of the game, freshman Megan Foglesong jumped on a 3-2 pitch, chopping it down the line and into left field, scoring both Petty and Hom on the play. The Tigers would tack on two more runs in the inning on a sacrifice fly by sophomore Nikki Armagost and on a passed ball later in the inning to take a four run lead.
A fifth and final run would cross the plate for the Tigers two innings later with Pacific took advantage of another miscue by the Owl defense to put their lead runner. After moving to third on a wild pitch and back-to-back free passes, sophomore Amy Moore brought home the final run of the game with a deep fly ball to right.
In the circle, the Tigers picked up another dominating performance out of Armagost who threw her second complete game of the season en route to picking up her second victory. The sophomore from Andover, Kansas befuddled the Owl offense for seven strong innings, striking out a career-best nine batters in the process. Additionally, Armagost went 4.2 innings without allowing a hit in the game, nearly matching her first outing of the year when she went five innings of hitless pitching. The no-hitter was broken up with two outs in the top of the fifth inning by Jensen Hackett, who singled through the left-side.
Armagost would lose her shutout and inning later when she relinquished her first home run of the season to Sharon Swanson, a solo shot over the left field wall. In the end, Armagost finished the contest with one run allowed on four hits while allowing two walks and hitting two.
Armagost's counterpart, Jessica Cross, fell for the first time on the season in the circle as she dropped to 2-1 with the loss. The Tigers tagged cross for five runs on nine hits, however just one run was recorded as an earned run. Doing the most damage for the Tigers was Petty with her three hits while she was matched by Hom, who posted three hits in four at bats. Foglesong's two RBI led all batters on the day and pushed her season total to five.
Pacific is back in action at the Hillenbrand Invitational on Saturday, February 19, when the team opens the day's action with a contest against Texas A&M Corpus Chriti. The two teams face off at 9:00 am PST. Following the game the Tigers will take on Drake to finish their second day of action at the tournament.