Pacific Softball: San Diego State Takes Advantage Of Pacific's Mistakes To Take An 8-0 Win
Facing the Aztec for the second time at the tournament, the Pacific softball team dropped an 8-0, five inning, contest to San Diego State to begin the final day at the Stanford Invitational. The loss dropped the Tigers to 17-11 overall while the Aztec improved to 19-14.
Repeating the mistakes they made against the Aztec the first time out, the Tigers cost themselves in the field in the top of third inning as a trio of mistakes handed three runs to San Diego State. After racing through the first six batters of the game, freshman Tori Shepard's hot start turned cold as the Tiger starter struck out the first batter of the inning only to see her reach base on a wild pitch.
Two batters later, the Aztec would put a second runner on base with their first hit of the morning, a bunt single back towards the circle by Katie Mathis. With two runners on, San Diego State failed to get down a bunt with their runners in motion, however, a throwing error by the Tigers in the rundown would keep the inning going and set up the middle of the order to do its damage. With a walk issued that loaded the bases, Shepard gave up her first big hit of the morning when Justeen Maeva lined a double off the wall in left-center to plate all three runs.
An inning later, Shepard would give up two more runs as a second two-out walk would bite the young pitcher when Jen Wisneski followed with a two-run shot over the center field fence to give San Diego State a five run lead. She would give way to senior Shaina Brock in the top of the fifth after a leadoff walk gave the Aztec a free base runner which would eventually score on a double after moving into scoring position on a wild pitch. They would tack on two more runs in the inning to take a commanding eight run lead that would be too much for Pacific to recover from.
For the Pacific, the offense couldn't take advantage of early runners and minor mistakes by the Aztecs as the Tigers left a runner at second in three of the first four innings of play. The lack of offense would end the Tigers' morning early as they posted just three hits in the game with singles by senior Lindsey Pierce, freshman Megan Foglesong and sophomore Nikki Armagost. For the contest, Shepard (6-4) threw four innings while giving up just three hits, but also six runs with only three earned. She struck out five and walked three. In relief, Brock relinquished two hits and two runs. Their counterpart, Kamerin May (2-0) shutdown the Tiger offense over five innings as she gave up three hits while striking out five and walking none.