Stockton, Calif. - Closing out their 2013 campaign and their stay as members of the Big West Conference, the Pacific softball team suffered a 9-3 loss at the hands of No. 20 Hawai'i on Saturday, May 11 to end the season. Pacific fell to 28-28 overall and 12-12 in the Big West while the champion Rainbow Wahine improved to 43-11 on the year and 20-4 in the conference.
In the contest, the Tigers fell behind Hawai'i early and never recovered as the Rainbow Wahine jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning and never gave way. After adding a single run in the fourth to push their lead to 3-0, Hawai'i broke the game open with a pair of three-run home runs in the top of the fifth and sixth innings to post nine runs on the board. For Hawai'i, the big damage came from just one spot in the lineup as Alyssa Villalpando launched both three-run shots for the Rainbow Wahine in consecutive innings.
With the Rainbow Wahine using the long ball to run away with the game, the Tigers used small ball to try to chip away at the deficit scoring single runs in each of the last three innings of play. After an error gave Pacific a free leadoff runner in the fifth, senior Nikki Armagost delivered an RBI single through the right side later in the inning to break up the shutout. An inning later, it was junior Gabby Goyette who kept Pacific's alive with an RBI infield single that plated senior Amy Moore from third. Moore had reached on a leadoff single, the second single of the afternoon for the senior catcher.
In what became their final trip to the plate, the Tigers came up with a run on three hits when Armagost doubled to left center to start off the inning before scoring on a single by sophomore Kamalei Pitoy. Armagost's double was her 20th of the season, marking just the fourth time in Big West history a conference batter reached the 20 double plateau.
For Armagost, the day was bittersweet as the senior went 3-for-4 at the plate with an RBI and a run scored, but suffered the loss in the circle to fall to 12-7 on the year. Armagost gave up 11 hits and six runs in four innings of work as she fell to Kaia Parnaby (37-5), who threw her final regular season game for the Rainbow Wahine. Parnaby threw four innings for Hawai'i while giving up two hits and no runs while striking out three. As a team, Hawai'i posted 16 hits against the Tigers while Pacific added 11 on the day.
The Tigers sent their seniors, Megan Allen, Armagost, Megan Hom, and Moore out for the final time in the Orange and Black as Pacific's core four left the field as one of the most decorated classes to ever play at Pacific. The four led the Tigers to their only Big West title in 2011 and took home a room full of awards for their accomplishments.