Tigers Title Hopes Take A Hit With A Pair Of Losses At Cal State Fullerton

#12 Sara Anderson - Photo by: Gary Jones
#12 Sara Anderson - Photo by: Gary Jones

Fullerton, Calif. - Playing for a chance to keep themselves in the title hunt, the Pacific softball team suffered from too many mistakes at Anderson Family Field on Friday, May 3, dropping both ends of their doubleheader, 5-3 and 3-2, with Cal State Fullerton. The Tigers fell to 28-24 overall and 12-8 in Big West play while the Titans improved to 25-27 on the year and 10-10 in Big West play.

Game One
Cal State Fullerton 5 - Pacific 3

Hitting the road for the final time in 2013, the Tigers found themselves on the wrong end of a late inning rally as the Titans scored four runs with two outs in the bottom of the fifth inning to down Pacific. The runs against the Tigers came after Pacific had notched three runs in the top half of the inning to take its first lead of the contest.

In the fateful inning, the Tigers used just two hits to score their three runs as the Titans walked three in the inning, including pushing in a run with a bases loaded walk to junior Taylor Petty. Bookending the walk to Petty were hits by freshman Sara Anderson and senior Amy Moore with Anderson picking up an RBI triple while Moore posted an RBI single. Despite the runs, the Tigers missed a chance to bury the Titans in the inning as Pacific left the bases loaded after putting runners on every base with just one out in the frame.

Overall, senior Nikki Armagost (12-6) suffered the loss as she went 4.2 innings in the start giving up eight hits and five earned runs. Offensively, Moore and Anderson each tallied two hits while the Tigers posted seven as a team.

Game Two
Cal State Fullerton 3 - Pacific 2

After dropping the opening game against the Titans due to missed opportunities, the Tigers could not get out of their own way in game two as Cal State Fullerton once again rallied late to sweep Pacific. 

Down one after two innings due to a solo home run, the Tigers picked up single runs in the third and fifth innings to once again take a late game lead against the Titans. In the third, Pacific used a single from senior Megan Hom to tie the game at one run a piece after sophomore Alex Steinmehl led the inning off with a double off the wall in right-center. In the fifth, the Tigers again saw Hom come through as the senior doubled home sophomore Alexi Johnson after the second-year second baseman lined a single to center to begin the inning.

Once again, the Tigers lead was not safe as a mistake in the field proved to be the difference in the game as an error with one runner on came back to bite Pacific when the Titans struck for a two-out, two RBI single. Down 3-2, the Tigers put the tying run on second with only one out in the seventh, but could not drive home the needed run to stay alive.

In the circle, sophomore Dani Bonnet (6-10) was tagged with the loss despite giving up just one earned run. In 6.0 full innings of work, Bonnet relinquished eight hits and three walks as she fell to Desiree Ybarra, the victor in both parts of the doubleheader. Ybarra picked up her second win of the night as she entered the game in relief in the fifth inning after Pacific took the 2-1 lead. She threw 1.2 innings while Jasmine Antunez, who started game one, picked up the save after throwing the seventh inning.

The Tigers will look to salvage the final game of the series on Saturday, May 4, when they meet the Titans for the final time as conference rivals. The single game is scheduled for 12:00 pm.