Fullerton, Calif. – For the second day in a row, the Pacific softball team narrowly missed knocking off a high-ranking Pac-12 team with a late-game rally as the Tigers dropped a 6-4 decision to No. 16 Washington on Sunday, Mar. 17. Pacific's loss dropped its record to 15-15 on the year marking the first time the Tigers have sat at .500 since the opening day contest at Santa Clara.
Struggling to find their offense against Washington's Bryana Walker (12-3) for much of the morning, the Tigers went 17-straight batters to start the game without a hit being recorded. However, Pacific's timing would change in the bottom of the sixth inning when junior Gabby Goyette beat out a high chop to first to break up the potential no-no. With Goyette aboard, the Tigers began the carousel of hits as the next five batters followed the junior DP's lead with singles of their own.
Right on the tail of Goyette, senior Megan Hom slashed a single through the right-side of the infield setting up the middle of the order to do Pacific's big damage. With the no-hitter off the board, junior Taylor Petty took care of the shutout with a single back up the middle. After junior Megan Foglesong loaded the bases for the Tigers with a single to center, senior Amy Moore picked up the Tigers' big hit in the inning with a third single back up the middle that brought in a pair. Senior Nikki Armagost finished the Tigers' streak of hits with a single down the left field line while freshman Nicole Zapotoczny finished Pacific's scoring with a fielder's choice back up the middle that plated the fourth run of the inning.
Unfortunately for the Tigers, the sixth inning rally would be all the offense Pacific would get against the Huskies as Walker was perfect through four and got some help from Kaitlin Inglesby to finish the game. Offensivley, the Huskies took advantage of a pair of big home runs to do their initial damage while small ball took care of the rest. In addition to picking up her first save of the year, Inglesby added Washington's first home run of the day as the senior hit a two-run home run in the first to put the Tigers behind right out of the gate. Kimberlee Souza added a solo home run in the second to go along with a single in the fifth. Souza, Inglesby and Victoria Hayward all picked up two hits in the game with Inglesby and Hayward recording a pair of scores as well.
Sophomore Dani Bonnet (2-6) was charged with the loss for the Tigers as she went 4.1 innings while giving up seven hits and six runs, five of which were earned. In relief, freshman Carly Mortensen was nearly unhittable once again as she finished the final 2.2 innings of play while relinquishing just two hits and one walk.
The Tigers will play one final non-conference tune-up on Wednesday, Mar. 20 before heading into conference play. Pacific will take on Fresno State on Wednesday night as the two teams meet at Bulldog Stadium at 6:00 pm.