STOCKTON, Calif. - Following a tumultuous weekend of rain and game delay, the women's softball team closed out the Louisville Slugger on a good note reeling home two victories, 11-5 against Providence and 7-3 against Wagner, on Sunday.
The Tigers improve to 8-9 on the year, hosting one more game this Wednesday against Utah State before embarking on a six-game roadtrip. Providence drops 3-9 while Wagner drops to 2-5 following their loss.
Pacific vs. Providence
Learning from their losses last weekend at the Libby Matson, the Tigers came ready to play in their first game of the afternoon against Big East opponent Providence.
Leadoff batters Talli Shepherd, Hailey Reed, and Samantha Owen each got on to load the bases with no outs. The Tigers recorded three runs off two hits to carve open a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning.
Bethany Hammer aided the Orange and Black early on pitching two scoreless innings which helped keep Pacific's lead intact. The freshman pitcher finished with three hits, four runs allowed, and three strikeouts.
Following four scored runs by the Friars in the third, the Tigers exploded for eight runs in the bottom half as Rachel Sellers and Sydney Lahners each tallied a home run to put the Tigers back on top.
Lahners led off the inning with a double down the left line, then Sellers smacked a line drive ball over left field for a 2-RBI shot. Cycling back through the top of the lineup, Lahners crushed a home-run over to left for a grand slam putting Pacific in the driver's seat with an 11-4 cushion. This was Lahners first grand slam of the season and her second game with 4-RBI.
The Friars tried to fight their way back in the game but were held off as Megan Walters took over in the circle and allowed just one run on three hits through 4.2 innings.
Six Tiger players recorded an RBI in their game on Sunday. Of their 10 hits, the Orange and Black recorded eight in the third inning. This was Pacific's seventh game this season with at least 10 or more hits.
Pacific vs. Wagner
In it's second game of the afternoon, Pacific battled through the first two innings to pull off a 7-3 victory over Wagner.
The Seahawks took an early 1-0 lead in the first inning following two back to back errors. Despite a bases loaded situation, pitcher Hailey Reed got herself out of a jam as she struck out two batters and left three on base for Wagner.
The Tigers then countered in the bottom half of the first as Samantha Owen brought Shepherd home from third off a fielder's choice to tie up the game, 1-1.
Wagner got it's bats working in the second as a double to left field followed by a single to left center scored two runs and put Pacific in a 3-1 deficit.
Pacific kept working in the third inning as an RBI-single by Sellers and a 2-RBI double by Ralene Estrada helped the Tigers regain the lead, 4-3.
The Orange and Black matched their performance in the fourth as well. A wild pitch, error, and squeeze sac bunt each scored a run for the Tigers putting them on top 7-3.
Pacific never looked back after that point as Reed allowed just one hit through 3.0 innings to seal the game. Reed pitched her second complete game of the year allowing just five hits, two earned runs, and finished just one shy of her season-high with seven strikeouts for the Tigers.
Up Next For the Tigers
The Orange and Black take on the Aggies of Utah State this Wednesday, March 7th. First pitch is set for 4:00 PM at Bill Simoni Field. The Aggies are 7-7 on the year, coming off a 15-0 sweep of Texas A&M Corpus Christi on Feb. 25th.
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