Tigers Fight Until The Bitter End But Fall 4-2 At Long Beach State
Taking on the 49ers with a chance to influence the final standings in the Big West, the Pacific softball team put forth a valiant effort but in the end fell 4-2 to the 49ers on Saturday, May 12. The loss ended the Tigers' season at 34- 20 overall (the best record in the Big West) and 13-8 in conference play while the 49ers took home the 2012 title at 16-5 in the Big West and 27-22 overall.
Throughout the afternoon, the Tigers struggled to get their bats going against Long Beach State as Pacific battled both sophomore Erin Jones-Wesley and the softball gods as every break both playing and umpiring went against the Tigers. This struggle to get momentum allowed the 49ers to take control of the game in the fourth inning when Long Beach State put together a two-out rally that culminated in an RBI single by Hannah De Gaetano. An inning later, the 49ers pushed their lead to four runs when they rallied with two-outs for the second straight-inning by stringing together three consecutive hits including a three-run home run to cap the scoring.
Despite finding themselves in a hole, the Tigers continued to press the action, putting behind them the tough calls and tough breaks from earlier in the contest to get back into the game in the top of the sixth inning with a pair of runs off the bat of sophomore Megan Foglesong. Foglesong, who was in the middle of a controversial call early, laced a single to center to plate both sophomore Kelsey Rodriguez and senior Nicole Matson to cut the deficit in half. Prior to Foglesong's single, Rodriguez and Matson had moved into scoring position when Rodriguez stole third and Matson moved up to second on the play.
Overall, the Tigers picked up four hits in the game with senior Alexa Rivera tallying two of the four. With her two hits, Rivera bumped her season average over .300 to .302 and a career-best 42 hits on the year. She finished her career with 140 hits and a .279 average. Matson, who had the bat taken out of her hands throughout the weekend by with four hit-by-pitches finished her career with a program record 61 HBP after picking up 18 in 2012, the second-most all-time in a single season. With her run scored, the senior finished the season with 45 runs, fourth most in program history, while tallying 149 career runs scored, second most all-time among Tiger players.
Outside of Rivera, junior Megan Hom added a hit as well as she finished her 2012 campaign with 76 total hits, the most ever for a Tiger in the regular season. She ended her season with a .409 batting average, third-best in Pacific program history.