Tigers Lose Tight Games Versus Purdue and Drake

Tigers Lose Tight Games Versus Purdue and Drake

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. - In day two of the OSU Hall of Fame Classic, the Pacific softball team dropped two tight-edged matchups against Purdue, 2-1, and Drake, 4-2, on Saturday. The Tigers have lost four straight and move to 8-14 on the season after today. Purdue improves to 4-18 while Drake goes to 14-9. 

"Unfortunately, we didn't get a win today but I'm very proud of the way we showed up and competed," Head Coach Brian Kolze said. "The team's energy was fantastic and so was their fight [today]."

Pacific vs. Purdue

Pacific was locked in a tight battle in their first game of the day against the Boilermakers. The Tigers and Purdue were held scoreless for the first three innings of the game allowing only three hits in total. 

Purdue put up the first run on the board in the bottom of the fourth inning in a bases loaded situation for Marissa Young. Young walked a batter and gave up two singles to load the bases. Another walk drove in the Boilermaker's first run and signaled the end of Young's day.

The senior pitcher pitched 3.1 innings with four hits, two earned runs, and one strikeout. Bethany Hammer would take over for Young in the inning giving up a fielder's choice to third base and allowing Purdue's last run to score for the ball game. 

The Orange and Black had their best inning in the top of the sixth as Hailey Reed reached based on a fielder's choice and Purdue gave up a walk to Sydney Lahners to put them on first and second. Rachel Sellers followed with a double to left field scoring Reed and moving pinch runner Caitlin Reynolds to third base. 

The Tigers assembled one run off two hits in the top of the sixth and left two runners on. 

Pacific had a chance to tie the game up in the seventh, as Ralene Estrada led off the inning with a single up the middle. A groundout by Megan Field's then moved Estrada to second base putting her in scoring position.

Starr Vang would come in to pinch hit and groundout to third base, however, keeping Estrada at second with two outs. After a walk given to Talli Shepherd, Haily Reed came up to bat and would hit a line drive to second base for a fielder's choice getting Shepherd out to end the game. 

Pacific vs. Drake

In the second game of their doubleheader, the Tigers competed well against a very good Drake team. Hailey Reed pitched the majority of the game for the Orange and Black. The Topeka, Kansas native pitched 6.1 innings allowing 10 hits, four earned runs, and four strikeouts. 

The second-year player pitched a solid game overall, allowing only one run through six full innings of work. Drake capitalized in the seventh inning, however, as Reed gave up three hits in the inning including a home run to leadoff the top half followed by an RBI-single. 

Megan Walters filled the circle for Reed after that point. Walters helped close out the inning for Pacific giving up one run off two hits and tallying in a strikeout for the third out. 

The Tigers recorded one run in the third and fifth inning of play. An RBI-bunt by Reed in the bottom third allowed Madeline Domingo to score from second off an error made by Drake. Also, in the fifth inning a two-out RBI-triple made by Samantha Owen brought in Megan Fields from first and gave Pacific it's first lead of the ball game, 2-1, at that point.

The Tigers would hold onto the lead up until the top of the seventh inning as Drake produced a three-run inning to end the game. 

Pacific concludes it's time at the OSU Classic tomorrow with a game against host Oklahoma State. The Cowboys are 17-6 overall, coming off an 8-0 victory over UConn. First pitch for Pacific and OSU tomorrow is set for 1:00 PM. 

"Tomorrow, we get a chance to play one of the best teams in the country and I know our team is excited for the opportunity," Kolze said.