Armagost And The Tigers Cruise To A 6-0, Series Clinching, Win Over UC Davis

#5 Nikki Armagost - Photo by: Wilma Beumeler
#5 Nikki Armagost - Photo by: Wilma Beumeler
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Davis, Calif. - Picking up where they left off a week prior, the Pacific softball team dominated the day against UC Davis on Wed., April 17 to take home a 6-0, series-clinching, victory at LaRue Field. The win gave Pacific its fifth series victory of the conference season as the team moved to 11-4 in Big West play and 26-20 overall. Over the two-week split series, the Tigers took the final two games as Pacific won game two 5-4 after dropping the opening contest 1-0.

In a replay of game one between senior Nikki Armagost and the Aggies' Justine Vela, the Tigers turned the tables on the Aggies early and never looked back as Pacific scored in four of the seven innings of play to run away with the win. Led by Armagost, Pacific grabbed a run in its first trip to the plate as the senior standout ripped a one-out double to right-center field to score junior Megan Foglesong from second. Foglesong had previously worked a walk before moving to second on a passed ball.

Two innings later, it was Armagost again providing the pop at the plate as the senior belted her second double of the day, this time to left-center, to plate senior Megan Hom from second. Hom had reached on an error in left field before stealing second to put herself in scoring position.

Continuing to put pressure on the Aggie defense in the fifth, the Tigers put the ball in play and let UC Davis make the mistakes with a pair of errors the scored two more runs. Up 4-0, the Tigers put the game out of reach in the top of the seventh inning behind a trio of hits from the top of the order. With singles by Hom and Foglesong to start the inning, Pacific picked up its fifth run of the game on an RBI single out of Armagost as the senior finished her day 3-for-3 with three RBI and one run scored. Three batters later, the Tigers tallied their sixth and final run of the game on a hard shot back up the middle by senior Megan Allen who lined a ball off the leg of the Aggies' relief pitcher to pick up the RBI.

Parlaying her success at the plate into a dominating effort in the circle, Armagost (11-4) proved to be a one-woman wrecking crew as she threw 7.0 complete innings while allowing just two hits and striking out six. Throughout the day, Armagost befuddled the Aggie hitters while allowing just one runner to reach scoring postion after an error in the field. Even with the small bout of trouble in the fifth, Armagost was able to get out of the inning unscathed thanks to spectacular defensive play behind her. Throughout the afternoon, the Tigers were solid in the field, coming up with a handful of big plays to keep the Aggies at bay.

On the other side of the ball, the Tigers once again took down one of the top pitchers in the Big West as Pacific handed Vela (11-7) the loss. Throwing 6.0 innings, Vela gave up five hits and six runs, but was charged with just two earned runs after the Aggies committed three errors in the field.

The Tigers head back on the road on Saturday, April 20, when they travel to Cal State Northridge to take on the Matadors. The opening doubleheader of the series begins at 12:00 pm from Matador Diamond.