LOS ANGELES, Calif. - The Pacific softball team split it's doubleheader against LMU on Saturday to open up the first day of conference play. The Orange and Black (11-22) take on LMU (18-21-1) once more on Sunday to wrap up a three-game series.
The Tigers battled through a close affair with the Lions in their first game of the afternoon. Following a scoreless first, Pacific had a chance to score in the top of the second as Bradi Kooyman hit a two-out double to left center for the go-ahead run but LMU closed out the inning to leave her stranded.
The Lions got on the board in the bottom half of the second as they strung together four straight hits and added a pair of runs to get out to a 2-0 lead.
Marissa Young pitched a solid performance on Saturday going 2.0 innings with two earned and four strikeouts. The senior pitcher has recorded a strikeout in each of her 13 starts this season.
In the sixth, Samantha Owen punched in a two-out double to put runners on second and third with a chance to even the score. After a walk by Sydney Lahners, Rachel Sellers would battle at the plate to hit a pop fly to second base which ended the inning.
LMU would go on to hold the Tigers in the seventh to take the first game of the day.
Pacific put up two scoreless innings following Bourne's hit until a leadoff double and a sac-groundout led to LMU's first run. Following this, an accidental collision by Megan Fields and Owen led to an inside the park home run by LMU's Brooke Christensen and helped the Lions take the lead, 3-2.
The Tigers would respond in the fifth however, as Lahners singled up the middle for a pivotal two-run score. The senior first baseman finished the day with two hits, two RBI, and two walks.
With the game tied following a LMU run in the sixth, Samantha Owen kicked things off for Pacific in the seventh with a 1-out double. Owen then advanced on a passed ball to be just one base away from regaining the lead.
Following two fielder's choice plays, Caitlyn Sung got the go-ahead run and an extra insurance run across the plate as she reached on a throwing error to first base and advanced to second.
Now with the 6-4 advantage, Megan Walters would keep the Lions at bay to have the Orange and Black take the victory.
"It was great to bounce back with a win after a tough loss," Head Coach Brian Kolze stated. "I thought our pitchers did a really good job today attacking the hitters and the score wasn't indicative of how they threw."
Pacific finishes out the weekend with a 12:00 PM game versus LMU on Sunday. Live stats for the Tigers' game will be provided.
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