May 13, 2011

Pacific Takes Game One Against Cal Poly, 6-4, In 10 Innings

May 13, 2011

Box Score

San Luis Obispo, Calif. - Opening their series against final three-game series of the 2011 season, the Tigers took down Cal Poly 6-4, in 10 innings, on Friday, May 13. The Tigers win moved them within a game of their first Big West championship.

In the opening contest of the day against the Mustangs, the Tigers pounded out 15 hits and scored six runs, but needed extra innings to pick up the victory. Tied at 4-4 in the 10th, Pacific used three hits, including two extra-base hits from the heart of its order to break the tie and take the lead.

Sophomore Megan Hom got the inning going for the Tigers with second single of the game before moving into scoring position on a sacrifice bunt. With Hom at second, sophomore Nikki Armagost, the Tigers' starting pitcher in the contest, roped a double off the wall in right-center to bring home the first of two runs in the inning. Following suit, junior Nicole Matson belted a double of her own to right-center to plate Armagost and give her sophomore hurler an added run of insurance heading into the bottom of the inning.

Prior to the 10th, the Tigers found themselves pushed into extra innings as the Mustangs erased a four run Pacific lead in the bottom of the seventh. Armagost, who saw her no-hit bid end just two innings prior gave up her shutout in the fourth when the Mustang's used just two hits, three walks and took advantage of a two-out error to score their runs.

Pacific picked up its four runs in the game in two different innings as they scored a single run in the first before denting the scoreboard for three in the fourth. In the first, sophomore Amy Moore picked up her 38th RBI of the season with a single through the left side that scored an unearned run against the Mustangs. As they did six innings later in the 10th, Armagost and Matson came through with back-to-back doubles in the top of the fourth to drive home all three runs in the inning. Armagost's second of three hits in the game drove home Hom who had walked earlier in the inning while Matson's first of her two hits brought in both Armagost and freshman Megan Foglesong, who had reached on a fielder's choice.

In all, Armagost threw all 10 innings for the Tigers, the second most innings thrown for the sophomore in her two-year career. Despite the hiccup in the seventh, Armagost improved to 19-9 on the year and 10-1 in the Big West as she gave up just five hits while striking out four and walking six. After the seventh, Armagost allowed just two bases runners, one on a Tiger error and a two-out single in the 10th before picking up the final out of the contest.