STOCKTON, Calif. - The Tiger softball team fell 9-8 to Nevada on Wednesday night, resulting in an elimination from the National Invitational Softball Championships. Nevada will now face Cal Poly in the regional final tomorrow at noon.
Hailey Reed started in the circle for the second time today, going six innings with five strikeouts with six earned. Haylee Moran-Rowen went 4-for-4 at the plate with two batted in and a run scored. Rachel Sellers and Cassidy Gustafson both went 2-for-4 with doubles while Reed added two RBIs. The loss ends the season for Pacific with a 29-26 overall record while the win brings Nevada to 30-24.
Nevada got on the board first on a sac fly to center to make it 1-0. The Tigers got it right back in the second as Molly Bourne singled with one out and moved to third on an infield single by Samantha Owen and an error by the shortstop. With two down, Haylee Moran-Rowen ripped a single to left which scored Bourne and made it a 1-1 game.
The back and forth continued as the Wolfpack took the lead back in the top of the third on a Goins groundout that plated Martinez to make it 2-1.
Pacific quickly tied it again as Sydney Lahners reached on an error, and with one down Rachel Sellers doubled to left. After a Bourne pop out, Owen struck out but reached on a wild pitch that also plated Lahners to tie it. Next batter Ralene Estrada reached on another Nevada error which scored Sellers and made it 3-2. Moran-Rowen followed with a single up the middle on a play which scored Owen to bring the score to 4-2. The Tigers got two more on a sharp single by Hailey Reed, extending the lead to 6-2.
Gustafson led off the fourth with a double to center and advanced to third on a Sellers ground out. She next scored on Bourne's base hit to the right side to make it 7-2. Nevada made it 7-4 in the top of the 5th on a bases loaded double to left-center off the bat of Goins. Two more would come across on a sacrifice fly to right and a ground out to second base which brought the score to 7-6.
Nevada tied it up in the top of the sixth as Hansen singled up the middle to score Tedford. Sellers blooped a single to left to lead off the bottom half of the sixth and was replaced by pinch runner Caitlin Reynolds. Owen moved Reynolds to second on a sacrifice bunt, and she advanced to third on a passed ball with Estrada at the plate. Moran-Rowen made it count as she ripped a single to center which put Pacific back on top 8-7.
Unfortunately, the visitors were able to knot the score once again in the top of the seventh to stay alive. They then quickly took the lead on a double by Arriaga bringing it to 9-8. In the end the Tigers couldn't find the tying run to force extras, resulting in the loss.