Pacific Softball Falls In Tournament Finale, 2-0, To No. 18 Stanford
In another classic contest between the Tigers and the Stanford Cardinals, the Pacific softball team dropped a 2-0 decision to No. 18 Stanford on Sunday, March 10, to close out play at the Stanford Louisvile Slugger Classic. The loss dropped the Tigers to 14-11 on the year while the Cardinal improved to 22-5.
In what has become a scripted drama between Pacific and Stanford, the two teams held to form on Sunday afternoon. Just as become the custom, the Cardinal did just enough offensively to squeeze out a pair of runs in support of All-Amercian Teagan Gerhart in the circle as the senior hurler held the Tigers off the scorboard in return. For seven innings, the Tigers attempted to crack the shell of Gerhart and the Cardinal defense, but for seven innings Stanford held Pacific's offense back. In total, the Tigers posted three hits and picked up a pair of walks as they put runners in scoring position three different times, only to come up empty handed.
On the other side of the rubber, the Tigers relinquished a run in both the second and third innings of action to provide Gerhart with all the runs she would need. In the second, the Cardinal used a pair of hits and a stolen base to grab their first run of the game while in the third, three-straight two-strike hits loaded the bases for Stanford from which the Cardinal plated a single run with a sacrifice fly. In the circle, senior Nikki Armagost suffered the loss to fall to 8-3 on the year. In total, Armagost went 3.0 innings and gave up all seven of the Cardinal hits and both Stanford runs. Seeing her fourth game of relief for the Tigers on the weekend, freshman Carly Mortensen was unhittable as the first-year hurler threw 3.0 innings without giving up a base hit as she allowed just one Cardinal to reach by walk over the final half of the game.
Pacific is back in action on Friday, March 15, as play begins at the Judi Garman Classic in Fullerton, Calif. The Tigers will take on the No. 1 team in the land as Pacific kicks off the tournament with Oklahoma at 10 a.m.