STOCKTON, Calif. - The Pacific softball team (10-12) swept their double header against North Dakota on Thursday afternoon at Bill Simoni Field.
The Tigers took rallied back late for a 6-5 win in their first game and secured a 2-0 win against the Fighting Hawks improving their winning streak to four games following the contest. North Dakota drops to 13-15 overall following Thursday's double header.
Pacific vs. North Dakota (Game 1) - In Case You Missed It:
- The Tigers did their work early on at the plate driving in four of their six runs through the first three innings of play. Freshman Jessica Mabrey would lead the charge during this stretch tallying two RBI's for UOP off a single in the bottom first and sac fly in the bottom third.
- North Dakota did not go away quietly, however, as they would assemble five runs off four hits and one Tiger error to put themselves back in position, now leading 5-4.
- Pacific would respond in a big way in the bottom half as Madison Hopper and Madison Kahwaty would each hit a two-out RBI-single allowing two runs to score to help their team retake the lead, 6-5.
- Hailey Reed pitched her fifth complete game and grabbed her fifth win of the season in the circle. The right-handed ace went 5.0 flawless innings striking out 10 batters before giving up runs in the sixth. The Topeka, Kansas native continues to stay for her team averaging 8.69 strikeouts per seven innings, currently 26th in the nation.
Pacific vs. North Dakota (Game 2) - In Case You Missed It:
- The Tigers would be held without a hit through the first two innings before kicking it off with their only runs of the ball game in the third off the bat Jessica Mabrey.
- The first-year product from Scottzdale, Ariz. delivered a shot down the middle for a two-RBI single driving in teammates Carly Lucchetti and Madeline Domingo.
- North Dakota had a chance to put a run up in the top of the fifth but a great throw by right fielder Myka Sutherlin to Domingo caught a Fighting Hawks runner between third and home plate and eventually would be tagged out. The Tigers would strand five runners for North Dakota in the last three innings of the game.
- Kenya Lindstrom evened out her pitching record to 3-3 in the circle going 5.2 innings and striking out three batters.
- Sophomore Bethany Hammer would pick up her first-ever career save pitching 1.1 innings with one strikeout for the day.
- Myka Sutherlin drove in her first career RBI in an Orange and Black uniform. This helped the Tigers go up 3-0 on North Dakota in their first game of their double header.
Up Next For the Tigers:
- The Tigers head back on the road this weekend as they travel down to San Jose State for the Spartan Invitational
- There the Orange and Black will face off UMass Lowell (7-9) and hosts SJSU (13-9) for a slated double header on Saturday.
- Game time for UOP is set for a 12:30 PM matchup against UMass followed by a 2:30 PM game against the Spartans.
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