Fullerton, Calif. - In a game that looked a lot like the first two match up between the Tigers and the Titans, the Pacific softball team suffered a 5-2 loss on the road at Cal State Fullerton on Saturday, May 4. The loss dropped the Tigers to 28-25 overall and 12-9 in conference play while the Titans improved to 26-27 on the year and 11-10 in the Big West.
Too many missed opportunities and too many mistakes in the field doomed the Tigers on Saturday afternoon as Pacific found itself on the wrong end of a series sweep for the first time in 2013. Four times on the day the Tigers loaded the bases, but managed just a single run on a bases loaded walk to senior Megan Allen in the third. In addition to the RBI walk, Allen picked up the Tigers' only other run of the day as the senior blasted her 16th career home run in the top of the second to lead off the inning.
In addition to the missed chances at the plate, Pacific played with fire one to many times in the field as an error in the bottom half of the second inning gave the Titans extra life which they used to bury the Tigers. With two outs and the bases loaded, Cal State Fullerton's Carissa Turang lined a triple into the left-center gap that plated all three runners in front of her and put the Tigers' behind for good. She would score one batter later to add a fourth run to the Titans' total in the inning as Cal State Fullerton continued its trend from the night prior scoring all four runs with two outs in the inning. They would add a fifth run in the bottom half of the third to erase the one run Pacific scored on the bases loaded walk.
In the circle, junior Tori Shepard (6-6) suffered the loss as she gave up six hits and five runs, one earned, in three innings of work. Sophomore Carly Mortensen threw the final three innings of play for Pacific, giving up just two hits. For the Titans, Desiree Ybarra finished off a career series as she picked up her third win of the weekend in her third relief appearance. She entered the game in relief of Jasmine Antunez in the top of the third to shut down the Tigers' bases loaded threat.
Pacific will finish its 2013 season with three games against No. 14 Hawai'i at home at Bill Simoni Field beginning on Friday, May 7 with an afternoon doubleheader. The two teams lock horns at 3:00 pm for the first game of their three game set.