STOCKTON, Calif. - The Pacific softball team (16-30, 2-10) hosts their final home series of the year this weekend as they welcome Loyola Marymount (33-17, 9-3) to Bill Simoni Field.
The Tigers look to finish the season out strong as they play a double header against the Lions this Saturday and honor their seniors for Senior Day on Sunday.
-Location: Bill Simoni Field | Stockton, California
Last Time Out:
- The Orange and Black would drop two out of their three games on the road to Santa Clara University last weekend. Pacific split it's doubleheader with SCU on Saturday but fell to the Broncos, 5-4, last Sunday to wrap up the series.
- Carly Lucchetti kept the bats hot for UOP in their matchup with Santa Clara going 5-9 (.556) at the plate and scoring four runs while tallying one RBI in the leadoff spot. The freshman from Linden, Calif. leads the team with a .315 average and has snagged a hit in six out of the Tigers' last seven appearances.
- Prior to their final home game on Sunday, Pacific will be honoring their four seniors on the field: Kenya Lindstrom, Caitlin Reynolds, Taylor Covington, and Samantha Young.
REED RACKIN 'EM UP:
Junior pitcher Hailey Reed continues to be the Tigers' go-to ace. The Topeka, Kansas native leads the Orange and Black's pitching rotation this year ranking in the NCAA-top 150 in total strikeouts (110) and strikeouts per seven innings (7.11). Her 108.1 innings pitched ranks third and 110 strikeouts currently ranks second in the WCC behind LMU's Samantha Manti.
Reed has struck out a batter in 20 of her 21 appearances in the circle. She set a career-high in K totals (13) twice this season against Utah State (Feb. 9th) and Fairleigh Dickinson (March 9th).
The right-hander also leads the Tigers in wins (6), ERA (3.04). Reed's ERA also ranks sixth in WCC play.
The Tigers' freshman class have provided a major lift this season. Pacific's freshman core of Madison Kahwaty, Carly Lucchetti, and Jessica Mabrey have started at least 39 games for Head Coach Brian Kolze and his crew.
Kahwaty has put up solid numbers at the plate in her first official season with the Orange and Black. The Livermore, Calif. native is hitting .292 with 17 RBI's and a team-leading five RBI's.
Jessica Mabrey has lived up to her expectation as UOP's utility player racking up 168 putouts with a .939 fielding percentage. On offense, the Scottsdale, Ariz. product carries a team-high 24 RBI's heading into the weekend.
Freshman Carly Lucchetti has become a productive leadoff-spot hitter for her team. Lucchetti lead in the team in runs scored (23), hits (39), and is second in slugging percentage (.435) behind Kahwaty (.522). The freshman recently won the WCC-Player of the Week award following her performance against Saint Mary's.
SCOUTING THE OPPONENT:
vs. LMU (33-17, 9-3)
- The Lions, 9-3 in WCC, are admist a battle for first place positioning in conference right behind 9-1 BYU. LMU is currently ranked No. 72 in the nation.
- Loyola heads to Bill Simoni with a five-game winning streaking taking series victories over Santa Clara and Saint Mary's.
- Last year's WCC Co-Pitcher of the year Hannah Bandimere will lead LMU off in the circle over the weekend. The senior leads the conference in ERA (1.98), wins (13), and innings pitched (137.2). Bandimere will be paired off with teammate Samantha Manti as LMU's go-to starters.
- Molly Grumbo and Andrea Gonzalez will be LMU's one-two punch at the plate both holding batting averages above .300 for the year (.349, .320) along with a combined 42 RBI's.
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