STOCKTON, Calif. - The Tigers enjoy one more game at Bill Simoni Field before gearing up for a six-game roadtrip this upcoming weekend. Pacific, 8-9, hosts Mountain West opponent Utah State this Wednesday, March 7th, at 4:00 PM.
After a 2-0 finish in the annual Louisville Slugger, the Orange and Black look to continue their quality play against the 7-7 Aggies. Pacific knocked home 18 runs in their two victories against Providence and Wagner on Sunday, overcoming a four-game stretch in which it only scored 11 runs.
The Tigers got the at bats they needed this past weekend, especially from first baseman Sydney Lahners who finished with four hits, four RBI, and a go-ahead grand slam in Pacific's 11-5 win over Providence. Lahners leads the team in home runs (6) and RBI (19) and has been steady force at the plate taking a team-high 12 walks this season.
Hailey Reed also had a strong outing up to bat and in the circle for the Tigers. The Topeka, Kansas native went 5-8 at the plate and pitched a complete game in Pacific's 7-3 rout over Wagner. The sophomore utility has been vital to the Orange and Black on both sides of the field coming in second on the team in at-bats (57) and second in innings pitche (26.1).
On the other end, the Aggies are coming off a 4-1 finish at the Texas A&M Corpus Christi Tournament in which they took wins over Omaha, Texas Southern and host Corpus Christi.
Catcher Brina Buttacavoli carried Utah State during their tournament going 10-19 from the plate for a total of six runs and five RBI. The senior's performance won her the Mountain West Player of the Week award.
Sophomore Riley Plogger will also be a player to watch out for for the Tigers. The outfielder leads the team in home runs (5), RBI (15), and total bases (34). Plogger will be joined by Jazmine Clarke in the outfield. The senior ranks first for the Aggies with 21 hits and 13 stolen bases.
This will be the second consecutive year the Orange and Black face off against the Aggies. The Tigers suffered a 5-3 decision last year at Cal State Fullerton's Easton Invitational. Lahners and Reed each chipped in one RBI while pitcher Marissa Young gave up one earned run with four strikeouts in 6.0 innings. Lahners also had a game-high nine putouts in the contest.
Live stats will be provided for the game. For updates on Pacific Softball, be sure to follow @PacificSoftball on Twitter and Instagram.