Pacific Softball: Offensive Outburst Nets Pacific A Sweep Of Cal State Bakersfield
Finding their rhythm at the plate, the Pacific softball team put on an offensive exhibition against the visiting Roadrunners as the Tigers swept their doubleheader, 10-9 (10 inn.) and 11-0 (5 inn.) on Saturday, March 12. The wins for Pacific moved its record to 12-6 overall while Cal State Bakersfield fell to 6-14.
After struggling to find their way at the plate earlier in the week, the Tigers had no such problems at home on Saturday afternoon as Pacific exploded for a combined 21 runs and 32 hits in its two victories over Cal State Bakersfield.
In the opening contest, Pacific tallied 20 hits while scoring 10 runs in a game that lasted over three hours in duration. The 20 hits for the Tigers was their largest outburst of the season and matched their 20 hits produced against Illinois during the 2009 season.
A tale of contrasting styles in game one produced a 10 inning marathon contest that saw the Tigers put together their scoring chances throughout the game while the Roadrunners picked up their runs in chunks to do their damage. The Tigers would score runs in seven of the 10 innings of play, posting single runs in the first, second, third and 10th innings while doubling up their production in the fourth, sixth and seventh innings of play.
However, no run would be bigger in the contest than the single run Pacific produced in the bottom of the 10th inning, a run that would finally bring the contest to a close after three extra innings of play. In the inning, the Tigers would pick up three consecutive hits from the bottom of their order as sophomoreMegan Allenstarted the inning off with a single to right-center. The hit was the only one of the game for the Tigers' starting shortstop, but came at the right time to start the rally.
Following Allen, juniorAlexa Riveraslashed her fourth straight single of the game, this time through the left side of the infield to put runners at first and second with no outs in the inning. With runners aboard, freshmanKelsey Rodriguezcontinued what already was and would be a spectacular showing at the plate with a single to the gap in right-center that would produce the game-winning RBI as it allowed Allen to score all the way from second.
For Rodriguez, the freshman's clutch hit in the 10th was not her first big moment of the game as she scored the game-tying run in the bottom of the seventh inning as Pacific scored a pair of two-out runs to prolong the contest. The Tigers needed two runs in the inning after giving up a two run lead in the top of the seventh as Cal State Bakersfield rallied for four runs in the inning to take a 9-7 lead.
Overall in the contest, the Tigers picked up production throughout the lineup, with all nine starters for Pacific producing a hit while six of the nine starters recorded multiple hits. Rodriguez, Rivera and juniorNicole Matsonled the way for the Tigers as the trio each produced four hits in the game while Matson may have had the biggest day with three extra-base hits including two doubles and a home run in the third. The junior tallied four RBI in the contest and scored one run.
With the momentum of game one on their side, the Tigers made short work of the Roadrunners in the second game of the afternoon as Pacific pounded out 12 hits and tallied 11 runs to win the run-shortened contest.
After going 4-for-5 in the opener, Matson wasted no time picking up where she left off as the slugging first baseman blasted her second home run of the day to lead off the second inning and put Pacific on the board with what would be the game-winning run. The junior would finish the afternoon 5-for-8 at the plate with five RBI. Her two home runs were her 17th and 18th of her career, moving her past current Tiger assistantLizzie Hagen(2004-07) for No. 6 all-time in Pacific history.
With Matson getting the game rolling, the Tigers would add a second run in the inning on a sacrifice fly by sophomoreMegan Allen. Allen's fly ball RBI was made possible after sophomoreNikki Armagostfollowed Matson's home run with a double to right-center and moved to third on a perfectly executed sacrifice by sophomoreAmy Moore.
Pacific would add a third run in the third inning on three singles, beginning with a bloop shot to left by Rodriguez, who would finish the game 2-for-2 with two runs scored. She would come around to plate the third run of the game on back-to-back singles by sophomoreMegan Homand freshmanMegan Foglesong. For the day the freshman Rodriguez was 6-for-8 with two RBI and a team-high four runs scored.
After inching ahead of the Roadrunners over the first three innings of play, the Tigers finally broke open the game and put Cal State Bakersfield away for good in the bottom of the fourth inning with and eight run outburst. In the inning, history was made for the Tigers when Moore, Pacific's starting catcher in game two, blasted not one, but two home runs in the inning to become the first player in program history to hit a pair of home runs in a single frame of action. Moore, who leads the team in RBI with 17 and is second with four home runs, led the inning off with a solo shot to left field on the first pitch she saw in the inning. Eight batters later, and this time with a runner on in front of her, Moore lifted 2-2 pitch over the right-center fence for her historic home run which capped Pacific's eight run inning.
In the circle for the Tigers during the contest was Armagost who picked up Pacific's second shutout in its last three contests. The sophomore hurler scattered four hits and walked two in five innings of work while striking out five as well to improve to 5-4 on the year. Earlier in the day, seniorShaina Brockimproved to 4-0 on the season as she threw 3.2 innings of scoreless relief while giving up one hit and walking three. Brock entered the game in the seventh for the Tigers after starterTori Shepardwas forced from the game after giving up eight hits and nine runs in 6.1 innings of work.
For the Roadrunners, Sammy Rodriguez was tagged with both losses on the afternoon as the junior fell in game one after relieving Sarah Hoag. In 2.1 innings of relief, Rodriguez relinquished five hits, but just one runs to come away with the loss. In game two she was not as fortunate as she was hung with all 12 hits and 11 runs, however only six were earned.
The Tigers will be back in action, weather permitting, on Tuesday, March 15 when they welcome both Drake and Northern Illinois to Bill Simoni Field for a three-way doubleheader. Pacific's first game is scheduled for 1 pm while Drake and Northern Illinois will play first at 11:00 am.