Tigers Get First Win of the Season in Walk-off Fashion

Tigers Get First Win of the Season in Walk-off Fashion

FULLERTON, Calif. - The Tigers got their first win of the young season in game two of the day as they topped North Dakota State 2-1 in walk-off fashion, bringing Pacific to 1-2 on the year. In game one of the day, the Tigers fell to Ole Miss 9-0 in five innings. Kenya Linstrom got the starting nod for Pacific, going 3.1 innings, yielding three earned runs in the loss. Sydney Lahners went a perfect 2-for-2 at the plate and Rachel Sellers added two walks. In game two, freshman Hailey Reed scored the winning run on a sacrifice fly by Sydney Lahners for the 2-1 victory and Cassidy Gustafson pitched the distance. 

Game One

In the second inning, Rachel Sellers worked a walk and Cassidy Gustafson singled to right sending Sellers to second. Samantha Owen advanced the runners with a sacrifice bunt but Pacific could not summon the offense to plate the runners and take the lead.

In the third the Tigers put themselves in another promising offensive situation as Hailey Reed and Molly Bourne both singled up the middle and Sydney Lahners got hit by a pitch, loading the bases for Sellers. However Ole Miss' Clayton was able to get Sellers to hit into a 5-4-3 double play to end the frame.

In the bottom of the third the Rebels broke the tie as Lampton scored on a Stancil single to make it 1-0 Ole Miss. The next inning Ole Miss made it 2-0 in an infield single and added another run on a Lampton single to right. Megan Walters replaced Linstrom but the Rebels were able to add six more insurance runs to push the lead to 9-0.

Looking for at least two runs to keep the game alive in the fifth, the Tigers loaded the bases with two outs, but Clayton was able to get Gustafson to ground out, ending the game. 

Game Two

Cassidy Gustafson got her first start in the circle and saw action early as the Bison were able to put up a run in the first inning. In the bottom of the second Gustafson reached on an error and was moved to second on a Samantha Owen sacrifice bunt. Haylee Moran-Rowen sent Gustafson to third on a bunt single, giving the Tigers runners at the corners with just one out. However Bison pitcher Leddy got Taylor Covington to ground out and struck out Toni Santos to end the inning.

In the fourth Gustafson knotted the score with her first homerun of the year. The Orange and Black quickly loaded the bases after Owen and Moran-Rowen singled and Covington reached on a fielder's choice. Unfortunately, Pacific couldn't take the lead as Sertic, who replaced Leddy in the circle, got three straight outs to end the inning.  

In the sixth Gustafson again got the offense rolling as she singled to right and advanced to second on a bunt. Moran-Rowen moved her to third but strikeouts by Kaitlyn Sung and Santos ended the scoring opportunity.

The Bison were sat down in order in the top of the seventh and in the bottom, Reed led off with a single to left and advanced to second after an error. This set the table for Sydney Lahners who was able to plate the freshman for the winning run and the 2-1 victory. Gustafson was stellar for the Tigers, pitching seven strong innings with just one earned run and four strikeouts. 

The Tigers cap off the Easton Invitational tomorrow at noon against Cal State Fullerton.