Pacific Softball Drops A 7-2 Decision At No. 6 Cal
Kicking off a two-week stretch of their toughest games of 2013, the Pacific softball team dropped a 7-2 decision to No. 6 Cal on the road on Wednesday, March 6. The loss dropped the Tigers to 13-7 on the year while the Bears improved to 16-2.
Scrapping together eight hits and two runs against one of the best pitchers in the country, the Tigers small-ball game was not enough as Pacific ran into a power surge by the Bears. Working for everything they could piece together, the Tigers saw the Bears score on their first three hits of the afternoon as Cal hit a pair of solo home runs and a two-run home run to put Pacific behind. For Cal, two of the home runs came from Cheyenne Cordes including a leadoff home run on the first pitch of the game. Cordes' second home run of the game was the first of two hit in the fifth inning as the Bears added their fourth home run of the game to cap a five-run inning.
The five-run fifth was the difference in the contest as the Tigers plated runs in both the third and sixth innings while just missing out for more in three of the last five innings of play. In the third, the Tigers manufactured their first run of the game behind a leadoff single from senior Amy Moore. After moving to third behind a pair of bunts, Moore came in to score on a line drive to short that short-hopped Cordes and allowing Hom to beat the throw at first.
In the sixth, the Tiger again manufactured a run as senior Nikki Armagost led the inning off with a single to right-center. After a bloop single by junior Gabby Goyette, just behind first put two on for the Tigers, Pacific picked up its second run on a ground ball to third by Moore. The ground ball to third led to an error at first and gave Armagost the chance to come all the way home from second.
Overall, the Tigers picked up eight hits with Moore tallying three. Hom finished her day with two hits and the lone RBI for Pacific while freshman Sara Anderson extended her hit streak to six games. Anderson's six-game streak is the longest of the season for the Tigers and extends her streak to a hit in every game she has seen action in since being put in the starting lineup on Mar. 1.
In the circle, senior Nikki Armagost started the contest and went 3.0 innings while giving up just one hit and one run. She added three strikeouts and walked one in a no-decision. Sophomore Dani Bonnet (2-3) suffered the loss as she was charged with five earned in one complete inning. Freshman Carly Mortensen finished the game for the Tigers and recorded a career-best four strikeouts in just 2.0 innings of work.
All-American Jolene Henderson (11-2) picked up the win for the Bears as the senior went all seven in the victory. She gave up eight hits and two unearned runs while walking one and striking out seven.
The Tigers are back in action on Friday, March 8, when they begin play at the Stanford Louisville Slugger Classic. Pacific takes on Minnesota at 10 a.m. to kick-off the tournament before facing Florida Gulf Coast at 2:30 p.m.