Freshmen Rally Pacific Past Sacramento State

#23 Melanie Habib - Photo by: Wilma Beumeler
#23 Melanie Habib - Photo by: Wilma Beumeler
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Sacramento, Calif. - Down to their final strike, the Pacific softball team rallied past Sacramento State on Tuesday, Feb. 12, plating three runs in the seventh inning to take home the 3-0 victory over the Hornets. The win for the Tigers was their third of the year to start the season while the Hornets fell to 3-3.

Struggling to find their bats throughout the afternoon, the Tigers finally broke through in their final trip to the plate on Tuesday afternoon as Pacific's youngest stepped up to lead the way to victory. Down two outs and behind in the count 0-2, freshman Melanie Habib rose to the occassion when Pacific needed it most, slashing an outside offspeed pitch down the rightfield line to drive home a pair and put the Tigers on the board. The first-year shortstop was put in position to get the Tigers their first runs in the 7th after Pacific loaded the bases in front of her with a pair of hits and a hit batter.

Prior to Habib's single, the Tigers middle of the order came up with the beginning of the rally when senior Amy Moore laced a one-out single to left followed by a double off of the wall in left by freshman Nicole Zapotoczny. After the second out of the inning was recorded, freshman Taylor Brink picked up a free base when she was struck on the arm by an errant Hornet pitch. That sequence of events led to Habib's big moment, a moment she cashed in on to lead the Tigers to the win. 

A two run lead would prove to be enough for Pacific in the bottom of the seventh, however, the Tigers tacked on a third insurance run in the top of the inning as well as senior Megan Hom came up with an RBI single through the right-side to plate Brink. The single was Hom's first hit of the game after just missing out on an RBI single in the third.

With the runs across the board in the seventh, senior Nikki Armagost made the support count in the bottom of the inning as she set the top of the Hornet order down in order to pick up her second win of the season. Througout the day, Armagost made the most of what was working for her as the senior pitched her way out of a handful of jams to keep the Hornet offense at bay while waiting for her own offense to come through. Overall, Armagost relinquished five hits and two walks while striking out five in seven innings of work. She pitched her way out of bases loaded jams in both the first and the second to keep her scoreless streak intact to start the 2013 season.

For Pacific, the offense was held to just five hits with no Tiger recording more than one hit. On the losing end of the contest was Sacramento State's Caitlin Brooks who producd seven strikeouts and one walk in the complete game loss.

Pacific will be back in action on Friday, Feb. 15 when the Ti gers begin play at the Miken Classic in Waco, Texas. The Tigers will take on Texas A&M Corpus Christi to begin the tournament while they will face the host Baylor Bears in the afternoon.