Tigers Split On Day One Of Oregon Invite

Molly Bourne. Photo by Sean Kahler
Molly Bourne. Photo by Sean Kahler

EUGENE, Ore. - The Tigers split their first two games of the University of Oregon Invitational, dropping the first to Hofstra before topping Idaho State 5-3. In game one, Pacific was shutout for the second-straight game as they fell 2-0 to Hofstra in the opener. Marissa Young (3-1) tossed five and a third with five strikeouts and just two earned in her eighth start of the season. Pacific managed to get five of their seven leadoff batters on base but could not find the offense to bring them around. 

In game two, stellar two-out hitting helped the Tigers get back in the win column as Pacific scored five runs in the second inning all with two down to take the 5-3 win. Hailey Reed (4-2) tossed her third complete game in the victory, striking out four. Sydney Lahners went 2-for-4 at the plate with three batted in and Molly Bourne went 3-for-4 with a run scored and a RBI. The Tigers now sit at 11-11 on the year. 

Game One

Caitlyn Sung worked a leadoff walk to get things going for the Tigers and with one out, moved to second on a wild pitch. Sydney Lahners singled to left which moved Sung to third. However the Tigers couldn't find that key hit to get on the board first, and we headed to the bottom half of the inning. Hofstra loaded the bases with one out and was able to make it count on a sac fly to center field that plated Pietrafesa and take a 1-0 lead.

Ralene Estrada led off the fifth with a single to left, giving the Tigers their fourth leadoff runner of the game. Sung reached on a fielders choice that got Estrada out at second, and moved to second herself following a Hailey Reed infield single to the pitcher. Next batter Sydney Lahners hit a deep single that bounced off the top of the wall but the Pride were able to get Sung out at third. A wild pitch advanced the runners to second and third but again the Tigers could not get that key hit to bring the runners around, and they were held scoreless.

The Pride's Pietrafesa led off the fifth with a single up the middle and later scored on a one out double to widen the Hofstra lead 2-0. Pacific was retired in order in the seventh, and the Tigers were handed their fourth shutout loss of the season. 

Game Two

Idaho State led off the bottom half of the first with a runner on second with just one out. A double off the bat of Burnett scored the runner to give the Bengals the early 1-0 advantage, ending pitcher Hailey Reed's streak without an earned run at 21-straight innings. 

With two outs in the second Haylee Moran-Rowen singled to right and Taylor Covington worked a walk, moving Moran-Rowen to second. Next batter Ralene Estrada knocked a single to right of her own, scoring Moran-Rowen and tying the score at 1-1. Reed followed suit with a walk to load the bases and Molly Bourne ripped a single up the middle to plate Covington and give the Tigers their first lead of the day. Sydney Lahners quickly cleared the bases as she doubled to right-center, making it 5-1. 

In the bottom half the Bengals put two on with one out looking to get some runs back. Breer ripped a line drive back up the middle but it was snagged by Reed who then threw to first to double up Dahlen and end the inning. 

In the top of the fourth Covington led off reaching on an error by the shortstop. Reed walked and Bourne singled to right to load the bases with just one down. However the Tigers couldn't widen their lead as two strikeouts ended the threat. In the fourth the Bengals put two on with one out but Reed got Bordenkecher to ground out to her and then got Dahlen looking to end the inning, one of her four strikeouts on the afternoon. 

Idaho State added one more in the fifth on a double down the left field line and plated another in the seventh to make it 5-3. 

 

Pacific will take on Hofstra again tomorrow at 12:30 PM before battling #4 Oregon at 5:30 PM. A live stream will be available for the contest against the Ducks courtesy of Pac12 Networks.