Tigers Blank Vikings 8-0 But Split Day One of Tournament

Hailey Reed. Photo by Sean Kahler
Hailey Reed. Photo by Sean Kahler

STOCKTON, Calif. - The bats came alive in Pacific's Louisville Slugger tournament opener as they shutout visiting Portland State 8-0 Friday afternoon. Hailey Reed got the start for Pacific, throwing two strikeouts in her first collegiate complete game shutout. Sydney Lahners went 2-for-4 at the plate with a two-run home run. Rachel Sellers also went 2-for-4 with a home run of her own and two RBIs. Pacific's hit four home runs in the contest, which is tied for the second most in program history. 

In game two of the day, the Tigers dropped the 8-4 decision to Seton Hall, bringing them to 7-9 on the year. Marissa Young pitched five strong innings, allowing just two earned on four hits and stuck out two. Cassidy Gustafson went 2-for3 with a RBI and a run scored and Caitlyn Sung put together her first career two RBI game.

 

Game 1

Caitlyn Sung got hit by a pitch to lead off the bottom of the first for the Tigers. Sydney Lahners quickly plated her as the junior whacked her fourth home run of the year over the left field fence for the 2-0 lead. Pacific threatened in the second as Haylee Moran-Rowen beat out a bunt and then stole second. Ralene Estrada walked with two outs but Sung couldn't bring them around and the inning was over.

In the third Portland State's Lindsey beat out an infield single to lead off the inning. Next batter Nelso hit a sharp one right back where it came from which Hailey Reed snagged and then doubled up Lindsey for the double play. In the bottom half Reed led off with a walk and Rachel Sellers hit one to left that just cleared the fence and widened the Tiger lead. Samantha Owen continued the scoring as she knocked a solo shot of her own to right-center, giving the Orange and Black back-to-back bombs for the first time this season and putting them up 5-0. 

Molly Bourne led off the fifth with her first home run of the season to make it 6-0. Reed continued her dominance in the circle en route to her second collegiate win as she held the Vikings to eight hits and one walk to preserve the shutout.

Game Two

The Tigers loaded the bases in the second and Caitlyn Sung worked a two-out walk to send in a run and give Pacific a 1-0 advantage. In the fourth the Tigers loaded the bases again with two outs. Sydney Lahners doubled to right which scored Ralene Estrada and widened the lead 2-0.

Young carried a no-hitter into the fifth inning but was broken up by Supercynski's triple to left. Arteaga singled her home to put the Pirates on the board and bring the score to 2-1 and Seton Hall pulled ahead 3-2.

Pacific tied it back up as Samantha Owen was hit by a pitch, Molly Bourne moved her to second on a sacrifice bunt, and Cassidy Gustafson singled her home making it 4-3. Gustafson went to second on the throw and Haylee Moran-Rowen walked, setting it up for pinch hitter Starr Vang who singled to right and advanced the runners to load the bases with one down. Caitlyn Sung scored Gustafson on a failed fielders choice attempt by the shortstop and Pacific led once again 4-3. 

Megan Walters came in to pitch in the sixth and found herself in a jam after walking the first two batters. Seton Hall would end up tying the game at four-all on a single up the middle by Supercynski. The Pirates pulled ahead 6-4 on another single up the middle that plated two, and scored another pair in the seventh to make it 8-4. 

 

Pacific takes on East Carolina on Saturday at 2:30 PM before taking on Seton Hall at 4:45 PM. The Tigers close out tournament play on Sunday at 12:15 PM against Portland State.

 

Day 1 tournament scores

East Carolina def. Portland St. 14-2 (5)

East Carolina def. Seton Hall 8-0 (5)

Pacific def. Portland St. 6-0

Seton Hall def. Pacific 8-4