Pacific Softball: Hom Leads Pacific To An 8-1 Win Over Sacramento State In The Rubber Game
In a rematch from earlier in the season, the Pacific softball team came out on top of Sacramento State, 8-1, on Sunday, March 27 to close their play at the Stanford Invitational. With the win in the season series rubber-game, the Tigers improved to 18-11 on the year and 2-2 at the tournament while the Hornets fell to 7-14 overall.
Wasting little time against the Sacramento State pitching, Pacific jumped on Taylor Stroud in the bottom of the first inning for three runs to take the early lead. After a one-out triple by sophomore Megan Hom got the Tigers their first scoring opportunity, freshman Megan Foglesong brought in the first run of the inning with a single through the left side. A walk to junior Nicole Matson put a pair of runners on in front of sophomore Nikki Armagost who moved the pair into scoring position ahead of sophomore Amy Moore. Seeing a chance to improve her RBI total on the year, the Tigers' starting catcher belted a double into the right-center gap to bring home Pacific's second and third runs of the inning.
An inning later the Tigers would threaten again with a pair of runners in scoring position, but Stroud would pitch her way out of the jam without giving up a run. Despite missing out in the second, Pacific would not miss out in the bottom of the fifth as the Tigers were able to add another insurance run on an RBI infield single by Matson. Once again, Hom was at the center of it all as the sophomore picked up her third straight hit of the game to lead off the inning. She moved into scoring position on a sacrifice and a wild pitch, setting the table for Matson to drive her in.
Pacific would put the game away in the bottom of the sixth as it posted its second crooked number on the board with a four run inning. In the inning, junior Alexa Rivera started the run of scoring off with a leadoff single while both senior Lindsey Pierce and Hom would follow later with back-to-back hits as the lineup turned over. For Hom, her final at bat netted a RBI double, leaving the center fielder just a home run short of hitting for the cycle in the contest.
In the circle, Armagost won the rematch with Stroud as she shut down the Hornets' bats for most of the game. Earlier in the year the two pitchers met with Stroud coming out on top with a 2-0 shutout of Pacific. The only run Armagost would give up in the contest came in the top of the sixth inning when the sophomore left a 2-1 pitch over the middle of the plate allowing Emily McComick to hit a leadoff home run in the inning. Despite the one mistake pitch, Armagost scattered just three other hits and struck out four in the game to improve to 8-7 on the year.
Stroud fell to 4-6 on the season with the loss as the freshman gave up eight runs on 12 hits while issuing three free passes and striking out one.
Offensively, Hom was a perfect 4-for-4 at the plate as she also scored three runs and drove in another. Junior Alexa Rivera followed Pacific's starting center fielder with a pair of hits in three at bats while senior Lindsey Pierce went 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored. Foglesong picked up a pair of RBI in the game to tie Moore for the team lead.
The Tigers are back in action on Wednesday, March 30 when they take on No. 8 Cal at Bill Simoni Field. The contest is a make up of an early game that was postponed due to rain and is scheduled to begin at 4:00 pm.