Stellar Pitching Helps Tigers Get Saturday Sweep

#3 Kenya Lindstrom - Photo Courtesy of KeithSanpeiPhoto.com
#3 Kenya Lindstrom - Photo Courtesy of KeithSanpeiPhoto.com

STOCKTON, Calif. - A six-run fourth inning helped Pacific cruise to a 7-0 victory over East Carolina on day two of the Louisville Slugger Tournament. Hailey Reed got he start in the opener for the second day in a row, pitching seven shutout innings with four strikeouts and just two hits. Pacific broke the game open in the fourth as they put up six runs on five hits capped off by a three-run home run by Sydney Lahners

In game two the Tigers logged their second shutout victory on the day as they topped Seton Hall 3-0 despite not needing a hit while scoring those three runs. Kenya Lindstrom got the starting nod in game two, going the distance in the shutout while striking out two and allowing just three hits. The wins bring the Tigers to 9-9 on the year.

 

Game 1

In the second Samantha Owen worked a full count walk and Molly Bourne sent her to second on a sacrifice bunt. Owen moved to third on a balk and scored on a sac fly in foul territory to put the Tigers on the board 1-0.

Owen led off the Tigers' huge fourth inning with a double ripped to center and was replaced by pinch runner Christin Stein. Next batter Bourne reached on an error which moved Stein to third and Gustafson was able to knock her in on another sac fly, making it 2-0. Haylee Moran-Rowen beat out a bunt single to keep the inning alive and send Bourne to third.  

Pinch hitter Starr Vang blooped a single to right scoring Bourne, and with two outs Reed knocked in Moran-Rowen bringing it to 4-0. This set the table for Sydney Lahners who sent the ball over the left field fence for a three-run bomb and a 7-0 advantage for the Tigers.

Reed continued to mow down Seton Hall as she kept the Pirates out of the scoring line en route to her second-consecutive complete game shutout. Ralene Estrada turned a nice double play in the seventh as she snagged a line drive then doubled up the runner on first to help preserve the win and become the first team to beat East Carolina in the Tournament. 

 

Game 2

Caitlyn Sung reached on an error and moved to second on a sac bunt by Hailey Reed. She went to third on a failed fielders choice attempt off the bat of Sydney Lahners. Rachel Sellers walked to load the bases and Sung scored the next batter on another failed fielders choice attempt to give Pacific the 1-0 lead. The Tigers made it 2-0 as Lahners came around on a ball to short that got Samantha Owen at second for the out.

Pacific would add another in the third to make it 3-0 as Haylee Moran-Rowen scored on a passed ball, giving them three runs without logging a hit.

Lindstrom retired the Pirates in order in the third and the fourth, and in the fifth Seton Hall was able to put two on with no out but stellar defense got the Tigers out of it unscathed. In the bottom half Pacific got their first hit of the game on an infield single off the bat of Reed. However the Pirates were able to turn a 5-4-3 double play to avoid the Tiger threat.

Pacific continued their strong defense in the sixth with two great plays by Cassidy Gustafson, and got two putouts by Lahners in the seventh to secure the victory.

 

The Tigers cap off tournament play tomorrow against Portland State at 12:15 PM in the Tigers' annual Pink Game. 

 

Day 2 tournament scores

East Carolina def. Portland State 18-4 (5)

Seton Hall def. Portland State 8-5

Pacific def. East Carolina 7-0

Pacific def. Seton Hall 3-0