STOCKTON, Calif. - The Tigers dropped both games of the double header on Friday afternoon to #8 Minnesota, with game one ending 10-0 and game two ending 12-1. In the opener, Megan Walters pitched three and two-thirds in relief, striking out two with no earned. The Tigers held the potent Minnesota offense to just five hits, but walks and errors plagued Pacific, resulting in their fourth-straight loss. In game two, Cassidy Gustafson got her first start in the circle since Feb. 26th's 4-3 win over Sacramento State. The senior threw two and two-thirds with two strikeouts. Kenya Lindstrom came in and tossed one and one-third in relief, striking out a pair. The losses bring the Tigers to 12-16 on the year while the wins bring the Gophers to 25-2.
The Gophers loaded the bases with one down in the first, and with two outs were able to plate a pair on a single to right center to go up 2-0. It was quickly 5-0 as a run was walked in and another pair scored on an error.
New pitcher Megan Walters struck out two Gophers to end the top of the second inning. Rachel Sellers led off the bottom half with a walk and with one out, was moved to second on Cassidy Gustafson's single to right. Haylee Moran-Rowen reached on a fielder's choice that got Sellers out at third. Unfortunately next batter Ralene Estrada was jammed on the pitch and she fouled out to the first baseman to end the threat.
Walters retired Minnesota in order in the fourth. In the fifth the Gophers loaded the bases with two outs, and scored on a walk to make it 6-0. Two-straight base hits plated four more to give Minnesota the 10-0 advantage.
Gustafson led off the bottom of the fifth with a walk and moved to second on a passed ball. However the Tigers couldn't plate the two they needed to stay alive, resulting in their fourth-straight setback.
With one out in the first, Hailey Reed ripped a single to right field and Molly Bourne followed with a single of her own which moved Reed to third. Next batter Sydney Lahners was then able to score Reed as the junior beat out a potential double play to the second baseman, giving the Tigers the 1-0 lead. The Gophers threatened in the second by loading the bases, but Cassidy Gustafson was able to get Macken to ground out to Samantha Owen to end the frame.
The Gophers tied the score in the third on an infield single. Dwyer then made it 4-1 with a three-run home run to right field. Minnesota plated three more and then knocked another three-run home run over the fence to take a commanding 10-1 lead.
Caitlyn Sung worked a one-out walk in the bottom of the third and Reed was hit by a pitch to give Pacific two runners on. But again the Tigers could not bring them around to narrow the deficit. Minnesota led off the top of the fourth with a solo home run to left and added another run later on to make it 12-1.
The Tigers will welcome Princeton for a double header on March 21st at 4 PM and 6 PM. Livestats and video will be available.