Steady Hitting and Pitching Propels Tigers to Victory

Steady Hitting and Pitching Propels Tigers to Victory

PALO ALTO, Calif. - In a midweek nonconference matchup against Stanford, the Pacific softball team shutout the Cardinal Wednesday night by a final score of 6-0.

The Tigers drove home six runs off seven hits and allowed just one hit to clinch their 13th win of the season. Kenya Lindstrom made her mark in the circle for the Tigers pitching a full 7.0 innings of work and registering her third career shutout victory.

Pacific improves to 13-25 on the year while Stanford drops to an overall record of 22-20. 

"Obviously in regards to tonight's game you have to start in the circle with Kenya," Head Coach Brian Kolze said. "She set the tempo for us by throwing an outstanding game. She went at the hitters and made them beat her."

Talli Shepherd got things started for the Orange and Black in the first. Shepherd reached on a walk and stole second base to put her self in scoring position with no outs. After a Sydney Lahners grounder to shortstop, Shepherd advanced to third and ran home off a throwing error to give Pacific an early 1-0 lead.

The Tigers added on to their margin in the top of the fourth as Lahners hit a one-out double, her tenth of the year, and Caitlin Reynolds ran out a blooper to second base to put runners on the corners. 

Madeline Domingo then drove in an RBI-single to center field bringing Lahners around to home plate for a 2-0 edge. This was Domingo's first collegiate RBI hit of her career. 

The Orange and Black got themselves out of a jam in the bottom half of the fourth. Following a walk and a fielder's choice error which advanced a runner to third, Molly Bourne scooped up a ground ball and threw out Molly Fowkes at home plate to save a run. Shepherd helped take care of the rest as she ended the inning with a fielder's choice to third base for the out. 

Kenya Lindstrom pitched four hitless innings before giving up a hit in the bottom of the fitfth to break her perfect game. Lindstrom would leave the runner stranded to end the inning.

Pacific added on to the run total in the sixth as Samantha Owen started the top half off with a lead-off single. Bourne then drew a hit-by-pitch to put runners on first and second with one out.

After a single through the left side by Reynolds, her second of the game, Bradi Kooyman pinched hit and struck an RBI-single to bring Owen around for the score. This put Pacific up, 3-0.

"Offensively we did some great things executing bunts, moving runners, and driving in lots of runs with two outs," said Kolze. The Tigers had six different batters record a hit on Wednesday. 

The Orange and Black added a couple insurance runs in the seventh, converting on two Stanford errors for three runs to push the margin to 6-0. Lindstrom closed out the bottom half for the shutout victory.

"Behind [Kenya] we played a tremendous game on defense," said Kolze. I'm sure that helped Kenya knowing the team had her back."

The Tigers resume conference play this weekend with a three game series against WCC opponent (25-18) University of San Diego.