Pacific Softball Took Down Cal State Northridge, 5-1, To Finish The Weekend
Rebounding from the letdown the day before, the Pacific softball team came up with a 5-1 victory on the road at Cal State Northridge on Sunday, April 21, to close out their three game series. The win for the Tigers moved them back into a tie for second in the Big West at 12-6 and 27-22 overall while the Matadors fell to 6-9 in conference action and 20-27 on the year.
A day after struggling at Matador Diamond, the Tigers came up with the plays when needed on Sunday afternoon to come away with the victory. Picking up timely hitting throughout the day, the Tigers grabbed five runs on just seven hits as they took and early lead and never looked back.
In the third, the Tigers posted their first run of the game on an RBI single by senior Nikki Armagost. Armagost came up with the scoring single after senior Megan Hom lined a one-out double over the top of third base before moving to third on a hard ground ball to the right side.
Two innings later, Pacific posted the final two runs its would need to claim the win as a bout of wildness by the Matador pitching staff led to runs for the Tigers. The first run of the inning came the easy way when senior Amy Moore took an 0-2 pitch off the elbow with the bases loaded to push home junior Megan Foglesong. Just a few pitches later, a pitch that crossed up Cal State Northridge's catcher got away to allow the Tigers a free run and a 3-0 lead.
The Tigers tacked on a pair of insurance runs in the top of the seventh on a two out, two-run home run by sophomore Alex Steinmehl. The home run was the sophomore's second seventh-inning home run in as many Sunday contests as she blasted a 1-0 pitch over the left field fence to cap Pacific's day offensively.
With support at the plate, sophomore Dani Bonnet (6-9) took care of business in the circle as the second-year hurler weaved her way in and out of trouble late to earn the complete game victory. The lone blemish of the sophomore's outing came in the bottom of the sixth inning when the Matadors picked up a pair of singles from the middle of the order before a sacrifice fly plated their one and only run. In the seventh, Bonnet worked her way out of trouble after seeing the Matadors turn the lineup over with two runners on base, only to be denied on the scoreboard.
For the Matadors, Shelly Tait (10-10) the pitcher of record in all three contests over the weekend suffered the loss as she threw 4.1 innings while giving up five hits and three runs. In relief, Crystal Mass gave up two more hits and the two runs off of Steinmehl's home run in 2.2 inning of work.
Pacific will play outside of the Big West for the final time on Wednesday, April 24, when the Tigers host Stanford for a single game at Bill Simoni Field. The game is scheduled for 6:00 pm.