Lopsided First Inning Sinks Tigers

Samantha Owen. Photo by Keith Sanpei
Samantha Owen. Photo by Keith Sanpei

BERKELEY, Calif. - A nine run first inning doomed the Tigers as they fell 13-5 (5) to #23 California on Wednesday. The loss drops the Tigers to 6-8 on the year and propels the Bears to 13-1. Kenya Lindstrom got the start and allowed three earned in one inning with a strikeout. Megan Walters threw 3.2 innings in relief, allowing three earned runs and striking out a career-high six. Samantha Owen went 2-for-3 at the plate with a run and two RBIs.

The Bears got on the board first after Rood led off with a triple and Reed singled her in. Eight more would come around in the first inning and the Tigers found themselves down 9-0 early. Pacific quickly got one of them back as Samantha Owen sent her second home run of the season to right-center in the top of the second.

Cal added another in the bottom half on an error to make it 10-1. In the third Rachel Sellers gunned down Jackson who was trying to steal for her first caught stealing of the year to end the inning.

Pacific started their comeback in the fifth as Ralene Estrada worked a one out walk, Taylor Covington followed with a single to short and Caitlyn Sung walked to load the bases. Hailey Reed knocked in Estrada on a single to center to make it 10-2 and Lahners walked to send home another run, keeping Pacific alive. The runs continued as two more came across on a fielders choice and an RBI single by Owen, bringing the score to 10-5. 

Cal added a trio in the bottom half to go back up by eight and take the 13-5 victory. 

The Tigers return home this weekend as they host the Louisville Slugger Tournament and open up play against Hofstra on Friday at 3:30 PM.