The Tigers Suffer A Tough Loss To Baylor At The Miken Classic
Playing their second contest of the day at the Miken Classic, the Pacific softball team suffered its first loss of the 2013 season as the host Baylor Bears took down the Tigers, 10-1 (5 inn.), on Friday, Feb. 15. The loss dropped Pacific's record to 4-1 on the year while the Bears improved to 7-2.
For the Tigers, the damage of the night began early as the Bears scored in three of their four trips to the plate, including posting a six-run third that put Pacific in a hole it could not get out of. In the third, the Tigers found themselves on the wrong end of some very bad luck as the Bears blooped Pacific to death to break the game open. In the inning, the Tigers gave up seven hits with four being bloop shots that just found the outfield grass in front of Pacific's outfielders.
The well-placed shots created the trouble early while the Bears began to find holes with line drives late to put an end to the night early. Overall, the Bears sent 10 batters to the plate and posted six runs and seven hits in the frame. Prior to the big inning, the Bears grabbed the lead in the second inning with three runs after a mental mistake by Pacific allowed the inning to continue. The misplay in the infield by the Tigers allowed the first run to cross the plate with two outs before a two-rbi double by Holly Holl put a crooked number on the scoreboard. Baylor would tack on a 10th run in the fourth, picking up a pair of two-out singles to right after a one-out double.
Offensively, the Tigers needed three innings to figure out the all-american Whitney Canion in the circle before tallying their first hits and first run of the contest. Pacific picked up a pair of leadoff bunt singles from senior Megan Hom and junior Megan Foglesong to get their first hits while a single to right by senior Amy Moore was the third. The Tigers grabbed their lone run of the game on a ground out by senior Nikki Armagost after the Hom ad Foglesong moved to second and third on a groundout.
In the circle, sophomore Dani Bonnet suffered the loss in her first start of the season. In 2.2 innings of work, Bonnet gave up seven hits and was charged with six runs while striking out three and walking three. In relief, junior Tori Shepard went 1.1 innings and gave up seven hits and four runs. Canion improved to 3-1 on the season as she pitched five complete innings while giving up three hits and one run to the Tigers. Additionally, she struck out four and walked one while earning the victory. Offensively, Baylor netted 14 hits with a trio of players posting three hit efforts in Kaitlyn Thumann, Kathy Shelton and Clare Hosack.
Pacific will finish up round-robin play on Saturday, Feb. 16 with a single game against Northern Colorado at 8:00 am (PST). The two teams will meet again in the nightcap in bracket play as the winner of the early game will be the No. 2 seed while the loser will be the No. 3 seed.
The semifinal contest between the Tigers and Bears is scheduled for 3:30 pm (PST).