Courtesy of Drew Jones
San Luis Obipo, Calif. - With the series hanging in the balance, the Pacific softball team came up with their third conference series victory of the season with a 3-1 win over Cal Poly on Sunday, April 7. The win gave Pacific its seventh Big West win of the season as the Tigers moved to 7-2 in Big West play and 22-18 overall while the Mustangs fell to 5-4 in the conference and 16-22-1 on the year.
Coming off a brief leave of absence from pitching, senior Nikki Armagost (9-3) flexed some muscle throwing a complete game and giving up only one earned run. Armagost gave up zero walks and struck-out seven to gain her first Big West win of the season in her first start of the conference year.
Hitting in all but one inning, the Tigers finally found their bats after being shut out in yesterday's game two by Cal Poly's Chloe Wurst. They catapulted eight hits to put across three runs and win the series.
The Tigers got off to a slow offensive start, gaining only two hits in the first three innings, including a double by senior Megan Allen. However, they finally broke free in the fourth inning when senior Amy Moore led off with a single up the middle, followed by a ground-ball out to move her to second, and an RBI single to right field by sophomore Alex Steinmehl to plate Moore.
Pacific added to its score with two runs in the fifth inning, which was enough to put away the Mustangs for a final time. Sophomore Alexi Johnson led off the inning, reaching first on an error by the Mustang's third baseman and making it to second on a sacrifice bunt by senior Megan Hom. Junior Megan Foglesong added to the rally with a single to right field, moving Johnson to third and putting two runners on for Armagost. With a hitters' count, Armagost drove a hard grounder to right field for a single to score Johnson. After a double steal by Foglesong and Armagost, Moore laid down a squeeze bunt, for the second time in the series, to put across the junior left fielder.
With eight hits and three runs, the Tigers downed Wurst (9-10) for the second time in three tries as the sophomore ace started her third game in as many contests against the Tigers. After splitting the day on Saturday, Wurst suffered the loss as she threw her second complete game of the weekend while issuing one walk and striking out one.
Pacific stays on the road with a double-header at UC Davis on Wednesday; first game starts at 1:00 pm.