Tigers Handed Pair Of Losses

Caitlyn Sung. Photo by Keith Sanpei
Caitlyn Sung. Photo by Keith Sanpei

STOCKTON, Calif. - The Tigers dropped a pair on Wednesday as they fell to Lehigh 3-2 before dropping the night contest to UMass 5-2. In game one, Hailey Reed got the start for Pacific, pitching seven innings with two strikeouts and three earned. Caitlyn Sung went a perfect 4-for-4 at the plate including her first collegiate double. In game two Rachel Sellers hit her fifth home run of the year on a two-run shot to left field. Marissa Young went the distance striking out seven. The losses bring the Tigers to 12-14 on the year. 


Game One

Lehigh put up three runs on five hits in the first inning for the early lead. Molly Bourne led off the bottom of the second with a single up the middle. With two down Haylee Moran-Rowen ripped a single of her own to center field, giving the Tigers their first runner in scoring position. However next batter Ralene Estrada was jammed on the pitch and flied out to shallow center to end the inning. 

In the bottom of the third, Caitlyn Sung led off with a double to left center and she moved to third shortly after following  a wild pitch. Hailey Reed worked a walk to give Pacific runners on the corners. With one down, Rachel Sellers plated Sung on a fielders choice to put the Tigers on the board and narrow the deficit to 3-1. 

Molly Bourne led off the bottom of the sixth with a single to left and was moved to second on a sac bunt from Samantha Owen. Next batter Cassidy Gustafson ripped a double to left center which plated Bourne and made it 3-2. 

Sung led off the seventh with an infield single, her fourth hit of the game. However the Tigers could not bring her around to knot the score and force extras, resulting in the loss. 


Game Two

Marissa Young opened the game with a strikeout, one of her seven for the night. With one out, Samantha Owen worked a four pitch walk in the second inning. But the freshman was stranded as the Tigers made two quick outs to end the inning. 

The Minutemen got their first hit of the evening in the fourth, which was an RBI single up the middle which gave UMass the 1-0 advantage. In the bottom half with one out, Sydney Lahners reached on a fielder's choice, bringing up Rachel Sellers who knocked her fifth home run of the year over the left field fence and Pacific now led 2-1. 

UMass took the lead right back in the top of the fifth as Denis hit her first home run of the season to right field, bringing the score to 4-2. Hailey Reed led off the sixth beating out an infield single and was moved to second on Bourne's groundout to the second baseman. Lahners moved her to third on a groundout to short, but Sellers was unable to bring the Tigers within one as she grounded out to second to end the frame. 

The Minutemen widened their lead in the seventh to 5-2, putting the game out of reach and sealing the victory. 

The Tigers will now face their second ranked opponent in less than a week as they welcome #8 Minnesota on Friday for a double header. First pitch is scheduled for noon and 2 PM.