Pacific Softball: Mistakes And Missed Opportunities Cost Pacific Against San Diego State
Costly mistakes in the field and missed opportunities at the plate proved to be too much for the Pacific softball team to overcome as they dropped a 5-4 decision to San Diego State to begin the Stanford Invitational on Friday, March 25. The loss dropped the Tigers to 16-10 on the year while the Aztec improved to 18-14.
Early in the contest against the Aztecs Pacific would show early signs of the struggles the team would face throughout the game as San Diego State took advantage of the first mistake to take control of the contest. The first mistake would come in the form of a hit batter as sophomore Nikki Armagost issued a free base with an errant pitch just one batter into the game. That free runner would come back to bite Armagost in the circle as the Aztec strung together a pair of hits to plate the free runner. However, Armagost would get out of the inning without further damage as she stranded a pair of Aztec on base, including one at third.
Two innings later, San Diego State would get rolling again as they started the inning off with a pair of singles to put runners at first and second. After picking up the first out of the inning on her fourth strike out of the game, Armagost induced what looked like an inning ending double play only to see the threat continue with an errant throw that put runners at second and third. The Aztec would immediately put to use the extra at bat when Eva Sagatdjian doubled into the right center gap to put two more runs on the scoreboard.
Starring a 3-0 deficit in the face, the Tigers offense would get one run back in the top of the fourth on an RBI single by freshman Megan Foglesong. Foglesong's hit would plate sophomore Megan Hom who led the inning off with a bloop double down the left field line, her second hit of the game to that point. Pacific would threaten for more with runners at first and second and only one out in the inning, but a line drive right at the left fielder and a strike out would send the Tigers back to the field still trailing by two.
Keeping the momentum going, Pacific would get the two runs lost in the third back in the top of the fifth. A leadoff single by junior Alexa Rivera would get the Tigers rolling while back to back bunts would net Pacific two more runners to load the bases in front of the hot hitting Hom. As she had done the two at bat prior, Hom came through with a single up the middle to score the first run of the inning. Two batters later, junior Nicole Matson would tie the game with a single through the left side. Just as they had done the inning before, the Tigers would have a chance for more, but a strike out and a pop out would strand the bases loaded.
Despite tying up the contest at 3-3, Pacific would cost itself the draw in the bottom half of the inning as a pair of Tiger errors handed the Aztec a fourth run. They would get the run back in the top of the sixth on a bases loaded walk to Foglesong, however, once again the Tigers would strand runners at every base for the second straight inning.
In the seventh, the Tigers would again have a chance to pick up a run and take their first lead of the night after sophomore Amy Moore picked up a one out single and advanced to second on a passed ball. However, Samantha Beasley would strand the runner at second with a pair of strike outs as the Aztec reliever retired all three Tiger outs on strikes. The missed opportunity would be Pacific's last chance as the Aztec scored the game-winning run in the bottom of the seventh on a bases loaded sacrifice fly.
For the game, Hom was perfect at the plate as the sophomore went 3-for-3 with a walk, one run scored and one RBI. The Tigers posted 10 hits in the loss with the top of the order recording multi-hit games with senior Lindsey Pierce finishing with two hits hitting in front of Hom. In the circle, Armagost fell to 7-7 as she gave up 10 hits and five runs, three earned, while striking out eight. She would also walk two and hit two others in 6.2 innings pitched.
Picking up the win, Beasley threw 2.2 innings for the Aztec as she gave up just two hits and walked three while striking out five. The starter, Bailey Micetich, lasted 4.1 innings while giving up eight hits and three runs while striking out five. She left the game with the bases loaded in the fifth as Beasley was able to put down the threat and hand Micetich the no-decision.