Pacific wins first conference series this season

Pacific wins first conference series this season

Drew Jones

Drew Jones

After snapping a 10-game losing streak in a victory over Sacramento State on April 15, Pacific women’s softball continued their winning ways over the weekend by taking two games in a three-game series against the Loyola Marymount Lions.

The first two games were played in a double-header format on Saturday, with Pacific picking up wins in both games. Game one was highlighted by a solid pitching performance from Dani Bonnet ‘15, who went a full seven innings and allowed only two runs in the Tigers’ 3-2 victory.

Left fielder Molly Bourne ‘18 also had a great game, batting 2-for-2 and reaching base after getting hit by a pitch. Bourne doubled in two runs in the bottom of the fifth to tie the game, and then scored the go-ahead run on an error during the next at-bat.

Bourne continued her fantastic day in game two, when she came in clutch for the Tigers yet again, in the field and at the plate. At the top of the seventh inning in a tied 1-1 game, Meghan Von Behren, outfielder for LMU, hit a double down the left field line, and Lions infielder Sabrina Tebou tried to score from second.

But Bourne threw a rocket from left field directly to catcher Rachel Sellers ‘18 to get Tebou at the plate and preserve the tie. Into the bottom of the seventh, Bourne came to the plate with the game tied and the bases loaded. She hit a lined drive to right that fell over the head of the Lions’ center fielder, and Melanie Habib ‘16 scored the winning run.

Game two also made for another great performance from pitcher Marissa Young ‘18, who followed her shutout win over Sacramento State in her last start with seven innings of one-run ball against the Lions.

The final game of the series took place on Sunday when the Tigers fought hard but ultimately fell to the Lions by a score of 4-2. LMU jumped out to an early lead by scoring four runs in the first two innings. Tigers’ pitcher Megan Walters ‘18 held the Lions scoreless the rest of the way, and Sellers batted in a run during a rally in the sixth inning, but it was not enough to overtake the Lions. The Tigers also scored a run in the fifth when Habib plated Sellers.

The Tigers finished up their five-game home-stand on Tuesday against UC Davis. They brought the hammer down on the Aggies, taking the matchup, 8-2. Young had another stellar performance and was notably named the WCC Pitcher of the Week.

They will begin a three-game series at Santa Clara on April 25. Pacific returns home on Saturday, May 2 to take on the Fresno State Bulldogs. First pitch will be at 2 p.m. at Bill Simoni Field.

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