Unearned Runs Sink Tigers in Season Opener

Unearned Runs Sink Tigers in Season Opener
FULLERTON, Calif. - Marissa Young carried a no-hitter into the fifth inning but three errors sunk the Tigers in their season opener as they fell to Utah State 5-3 on day one of the Easton Invitational. Young finished the day with six innings pitched, giving up four hits and one earned run, and Sydney Lahners hit her eleventh career homerun in the opener. Game number two was postponed due to rain in the fourth inning with the Tigers up 2-0. A completion time has yet to be determined. 

Game One

Marissa Young started in the circle for the Tigers and Utah State quickly threatened in the first as Amee Aarhus reached on a fielder's choice and then stole second, giving the Aggies a runner in scoring position with just one out. Young was able to get Brina Buttacavoli to fly out to centerfielder Hailey Reed and Jazmine Clarke to ground out to Molly Bourne at second to end the inning.

Rachel Sellers picked up where she left off last season by leading off the second inning with a double to right-center, extending the junior's non-conference hit streak to seven games. However Pacific couldn't bring her around to take the lead.

Ralene Estrada doubled with one out in the top of the fifth for her first collegiate hit. Haylee Moran-Rowen followed suit with a double of her own, scoring Estrada and giving Pacific the 1-0 advantage. A Toni Santos fly out advanced Moran-Rowen to third and Hailey Reed knocked her in for her first collegiate hit and RBI, making it 2-0 Tigers.

The Aggies answered in the bottom half of the fifth as Vic Saucedo homered to left to narrow the deficit. An error and a stolen base put Utah State in scoring position with one out, and an Aman Sheets double tied it up at 2-2. Pacific quickly found themselves in a bases loaded situation after a walk and a hit-by-pitch, but Young was able to get Buttacavoli to ground out to Gustafson, ending the inning.

Sydney Lahners led off the sixth with a deep shot to centerfield to put the Tigers back up 3-2, her eleventh career homerun. In the bottom half the Aggies were able to answer and grabbed their first lead of the day on a Sydney Hart single which scored two. The Aggies added another on a Gustafson error to make it 5-3 heading into the seventh. Pacific couldn't get narrow the deficit in the final inning, handing the Tigers their first loss of the season. 


Game Two

Hailey Reed got her first collegiate start in the circle and led off the game with a single but was stranded at third in the top half of the first. The freshman pitched out of a jam in the bottom half as Fullerton had runners on the corners with two outs but Reed was able to get Richard to fly out to left field.

In the third Reed knocked her second hit of the game and moved to second after Molly Bourne was hit by a pitch. Shortly after Sydney Lahners whacked a double to left that scored them both, giving the Tigers a 2-0 lead. In the bottom half of the inning Reed struck out two and the Titans stranded a runner at second as Richard flied out to center.

At the top of the fourth the game was postponed due to rain with a conclusion time set for Sunday at noon.