Lopsided Third Inning Dooms Tigers

Jessica Pasco. Photo by Meghan Camino
Jessica Pasco. Photo by Meghan Camino

SAN DIEGO, Calif. - The Tiger softball team dropped the final game of the three-game series 8-3 to host San Diego on Sunday afternoon. Hailey Reed got the start for the second game in a row, going two and two-thirds with one strikeout and six earned in the shortest outing of her career. Kenya Lindstrom tossed three and-a-third in relief, allowing just two earned. At the plate Caitlin Reynolds went 2-for-4 with a double and Jessica Pasco went 1-for-2 with a walk and a run scored.

The loss brings the Tigers to 18-21 overall, 1-2 in West Coast Conference action while the victory brings San Diego to 16-16 on the year, 2-1 in conference play. 

 

Caitlin Reynolds led off the second with an infield single and Ralene Estrada moved her to third on a sac bunt. Next batter Haylee Moran-Rowen knocked a single herself and advanced to second on the throw which also moved Reynolds to third. Jessica Pasco followed with a walk to load the bases for Caitlyn Sung, who reached on a fielder's choice on a play that caught Reynolds out at the plate. Hailey Reed followed looking to get herself some run support, but the freshman lined out to short and the Tigers were held scoreless. 

The Toreros broke the scoreless tie in the bottom half of the inning as Kane doubled to right and Casiano singled her home. San Diego opened the game up in the third by posting five runs on five hits to take a 6-0 lead. 

In the fourth the hosts added another run to make it 7-0. In the top of the fifth Sung led off with a double down the left field line and went to third as Reed reached on an error by the shortstop. Next batter Molly Bourne was able to reach on an error by the pitcher and plate Sung to put Pacific on the board. Sydney Lahners followed with a sacrifice fly to right, bringing the score to 7-2. 

With one down in the sixth Pasco doubled to left and Sung followed with a single that advanced Pasco to third. A Reed walk loaded the bases, which brought up Bourne who reached on a fielder's choice that plated Pasco. The Toreros were able to get the run right back in the bottom half of the inning, making it 8-3. 

 

The Tigers cap off the road trip next weekend as they head to Provo, Utah and face #22 BYU. The series begins Friday at 4PM & 6 PM and concludes on Saturday at noon.