STOCKTON, Calif. - The women's softball team split two games against WCC opponent BYU on Friday evening.
A Marissa Young shutout helped Pacific snag a 2-0 win in it's first game of the night and the Tigers fell just short in their tail end of their doubleheader by a final score of 1-0.
Pacific improves to 12-24 overall, 2-3 in WCC play. BYU moves to an overall record of 23-19, 4-1 in conference play.
"This was a classic game of straight defense," Head Coach Brian Kolze said. "I'm really proud of the way our team showed up today. Our defense played well, Marissa and Hailey [Reed] pitched phenomenal in the circle and both games ended up coming down to just one hit."
Pacific struck first in the first inning of their game opener. Following a Talli Shepherd walk and single by Hailey Reed to open up the bottom of the first, two straight BYU errors brought Shepherd around to home plate and put a run up on the board for Pacific.
Sydney Lahners then scored the second and final run of the game following a throwing error by the Cougars to give the Orange and Black a 2-0 lead early on.
The Tigers would go on to hold the lead throughout the rest of the game.
Marissa Young set the tone in the circle for Pacific. The senior pitcher pitched her first shutout game of the season allowing three hits, striking out four, and retiring 15 batters.
"BYU had a hiccup early on in the first game which allowed us to get ahead and hold on for the win," Kolze said.
The second half of Pacific's double header turned out to be a pitching duel between BYU's Kerisa Viramontes and Hailey Reed.
Reed pitched five scoreless innings before giving up a run in the top of the sixth to break her shutout. The Topeka, Kansas native finished with two hits, one earned run, and six strikeouts in seven innings of work.
Pacific had an opportunity to score in the second as three walks given up by BYU loaded the bases for the Tigers but the Cougars would hold them to end the inning.
Reed, Shepherd, and Samantha Owen would tally in a hit for the Tigers but unfortunately could not drive a run home as the Cougars would pull away for a 1-0 victory.
Pacific wraps up the series with a 1:00 PM showdown at Bill Simoni against BYU. Live stats of the game will be provided.