Six-Run First Propels Tigers to 7-3 Win

Cassidy Gustafson. Photo by Keith Sanpei
Cassidy Gustafson. Photo by Keith Sanpei

STOCKTON, Calif. - Two three-run home runs in the first inning helped propel the Tigers to a 7-3 win over Portland State on Sunday. The game was called in the sixth inning due to time constraints. Marissa Young threw four strong innings, giving up two earned with four strikeouts as she got her third win of the season. Cassidy Gustafson pitched two innings in relief striking out three and went 2-for-2 at the plate with a three run home run. The win brings the Tigers to 10-9 on the year while drops the Vikings to 1-14.

"Our hitting is contagious," said Gustafson, "Once we all get going our hits keep coming and it's nice to get the offense going for the win."

In the first inning Caitlyn Sung worked a walk and was moved over to second on a sac bunt from Hailey Reed. Sydney Lahners followed with a walk which brought up Rachel Sellers who sent the ball over the scoreboard for the 3-0 lead. Next batter Samantha Owen hit a single up the middle and Molly Bourne got hit by a pitch to put two on with just one out. This set up Cassidy Gustafson who took the first pitch she saw deep to right-center for another three run shot and a 6-0 advantage. It's the second day in a row the Tigers have put up six runs in an inning as they posted a touchdown in the fourth inning in their win over East Carolina on Saturday.

Portland State got a run back in the top of the second to narrow the deficit 6-1. However the Tigers quickly got it back as Sellers led off the bottom of the third with a solo shot to left-center for her second home run of the game. 

The Vikings would and a run in both the top fourth and fifth to make it 7-3. The game was called in the sixth inning with the Tigers ahead due to time. 

San Jose State comes to town this Wednesday as the Tigers take on the Spartans at 3 PM.


Day 3 Tournament Scores

East Carolina def Seton Hall 15-14

Pacific def Portland State 7-3 (6)