Bonnet A-Ok As Pacific Blows Away The Cyclones, 8-0
Getting back on track at the Cathedral City Classic, the Pacific softball team blew out the Cyclones of Iowa State, 8-0 in five innings, on Friday, February 24. Freshman Dani Bonnet led the Tigers efforts in the circle as the new Tiger picked up her first career victory to push Pacific to 2-1 at the tournament and 4-6 on the year.
Supporting their young pitcher in the circle, the Tigers offense came up big against the Cyclones as Pacific came out firing and never looked back. In the second, the Tigers sent nine batters to the plate and five dented it on their way back to the dugout to get Pacific started. Sending their 6-7-8 hitters to the plate, the Tigers made up for a pair left on base in the first to get rolling.
After a pair of walks and a sacrifice put two runners on with one out in the inning, junior Megan Allen broke through for the Tigers with their first hit of the inning, a single to the 5-6 hole. With the bases loaded, the Tigers caught their first break of the weekend when a chopper to first resulted in a bad throw home to give Pacific its first run.
With the bases still loaded, sophomore Kelsey Rodriguez grabbed the first RBI of the day with a single to left. Following, junior Nikki Armagost lined a shot into the grass of center field, pushing two more Tigers across and keeping the inning going. In the end, the Tigers would tack on one more on a sacrifice fly to left by seniorNicole Matson to take a 5-0 lead.
After adding a sixth run in the fourth thanks to an error by the Cyclones, the Tigers put the game to rest in the bottom of the fifth inning by scoring a pair of runs to get to the eight run threshold. Again spurred by the bottom of the order in senior Alexa Rivera and Allen, the Tigers put the winning runs on base for the top of the order. A sacrifice later the table was set for the Tigers' hottest hitter as Armagost once again delivered, singling up the middle to drive in both runs.
Armagost's season-high four RBI eased the way for Bonnet in the circle as the freshman was able to cruise through her second career start to pick up her first career victory. Allowing just three hits and two walks in the contest, Bonnet kept the Cyclones off balance throughout her five innings of work. The lone trouble the young arm faced throughout the afternoon came in the top of the fifth when Iowa State put runners at first and second with only one out, but Bonnet's defense stepped up behind her to erase the threat.
Doing what she has done throughout her career, Matson robbed what would have been a run scoring shot up the middle, laying out for the line drive before doubling up the Cyclones at second to end the threat.In all, the Tigers produced nine hits with seven of nine starters recording at least one hit. Armagost and Allen grabbed the extra hits on the scoreboard while Armagost finished the day 2-for-4 with four RBI.