March 26, 2012

Tigers Sweep The Big West Weekly Awards

Irvine, Calif. - For the first time in 2012, the Tigers swept the Big West's weekly softball awards as junior Nikki Armagost was named the player of the week while sophomore Tori Shepard took home the pitcher of the week award for the week ending on March 25.  For Armagost, the award was her second of the year and third for the Tigers while Shepard took home her first pitching award and Pacific's second of the season.

Offensively, Armagost led a Tiger attack that racked up 47 hits and 20 runs en route to a 4-1 showing at the Libby Matson Tournament over the weekend.  The junior was at her best throughout the weekend, posting an impressive .471 batting average while driving in a team-best seven RBI and scoring three more runs.  She added a .500 on-base percentage as well as an impressive .824 slugging percentage to cap her weekend of work

Armagost started the weekend off on fire posting a 2-for-4 night against Princeton as the Tigers started the tournament with a 5-0 win over the Tigers from the East.  The next night, she buried San Diego State single handedly with a 3-for-3 showing including popping a three-run HR in the first inning proved to be all she would need to earn the win as Pacific's starting pitcher.  On Sunday, Armagost was back at it against Saint Mary's, plating the Tigers' lone run in the first game of the doubleheader before finishing her weekend with a 2-for-3 showing including knocking in what would be Pacific's game-winning RBI in a 7-0 win over the Gaels.

Defensively, the Tigers saw one of the most dominant pitching weekends in recent memory out of their sophomore hurler as Shepard was nearly unhittable all weekend long, relinquishing just three hits in three appearances to go 2-0 and pick up one save.  

Against Princeton the first night, Shepard pitched a complete-game, one-hit, shutout of the Tigers to earn her first win of the weekend.  The sophomore gave up just a leadoff double in the contest before shutting down Princeton for seven straight innings to earn the win.  Two nights later, Shepard came in to close out a 4-3 contest against Princeton from which she threw two hitless innings to pick up her sixth save of the season, a save that tied the program's single season record set back in 2002.  On Sunday, Shepard closed her weekend by two hitting Saint Mary's to pick up her second complete game shutout of the tournament.  The hit she relinquished with one out in the fourth snapped a 12.1 inning hitless stretch for the sophomore in the circle.