STOCKTON, Calif. - The Tigers dropped their National Invitational Softball Championship opener 7-0 to Cal Poly on Tuesday night, snapping their nine-game win streak. Pacific will now take on UC Santa Barbara tomorrow at 1 PM at Bill Simoni Field needing a win to stay alive in the postseason tournament.
Despite playing the contest at Bill Simoni Field, the Tigers served as the visitors due to the NISC seeding. Marissa Young got her 23rd start of the year, going five and-two-thirds with three strikeouts and one earned. Cassidy Gustafson went 1-for-3 at the plate with a double, and Rachel Sellers added a pair of walks.
The loss drops Pacific to 27-25 on the year while the victory brings Cal Poly to 35-19 overall.
The Mustangs got on the board first in the first inning on a bases loaded walk to Martin followed by an error to plate another to make it 2-0. The Tigers led off the second with consecutive hit-by-pitches to Rachel Sellers and Molly Bourne. However Pacific couldn't bring them around to narrow the deficit as Hyland retired three of the next four batters to end the frame.
Marissa Young bounced back in the second inning by getting Makenna Young and Tornio swinging, two of her three strikeouts on the night. Hailey Reed led off the third with a single to right and with one down, Cassidy Gustafson moved her to third on a double down the right field line. A Sellers walk loaded the bases, but Hyland was yet again able to pitch out of the inning unscathed as the Tigers were held scoreless.
Cal Poly added another in the fifth and four in the sixth to go up 7-0. In the seventh the Tigers put two on with one out, but a great defensive play by third baseman Convissar ended the game on a double play.
Cal Poly will face Nevada, who defeated UC Santa Barbara 6-5 earlier in the day, at 4 PM.