Tigers Bounce Back To Split Day One of WCC Opener

Ralene Estrada. Photo by Keith Sanpei
Ralene Estrada. Photo by Keith Sanpei

SAN DIEGO, Calif. - The Tiger softball team opened their first West Coast Conference series of the season with a split against host San Diego, falling 4-3 (11) in game one before taking game two 8-2. 

The two teams went 11 innings in game one, which is the longest contest for Pacific since 2014 when they went 11 against LMU. Marissa Young started for Pacific, throwing nine innings with just two earned and two strikeouts in the longest outing of her career. Sydney Lahners belted a game-tying two-run home run in the sixth and went 2-for-4 in the contest. Lahners continued her strong afternoon in game two as the junior hit a three-run home run in the first inning, her seventh of the season. Ralene Estrada also joined the home run party as the freshman knocked her first collegiate homer in the third in a three-run shot. Hailey Reed was stellar in the circle, tossing seven innings with four strikeouts and no earned runs.  

The split brings the Tigers to 18-20 overall, 1-1 in WCC action and puts San Diego at 15-16 on the year, 1-1 in conference play. 


Game One

The Toreros threatened in the second by loading the bases with two outs and got on the board first as an infield single made it 1-0. An error by Molly Bourne plated another for San Diego, and in the third the hosts made it 3-0 on a sacrifice fly to center field. 

Hailey Reed got the Tiger's first hit of the contest in the fourth on a single down the left field line, but was left stranded as Bourne popped out to the short stop and Sydney Lahners flied out to left. 

In the fifth Rachel Sellers led off with a walk and Samantha Owen followed with a double to left center that scored Sellers and made it 3-1. In the sixth with one out Bourne walked, bringing the tying run to the plate. Next batter Lahners made it count as the junior sent her sixth home run over the left field fence to tie the game 3-3. 

In the bottom half of the sixth the Toreros loaded the bases with two down looking to take the lead back. However Marissa Young had a different plan has she got Silveyra swinging to end the inning, her first strikeout of the contest.

San Diego led off the tenth with a single by Perales and she moved to second on a sac bunt. Next batter McKeon singled up the middle and Perales attempted to score the winning run. However a great throw by Hailey Reed from center field was able to get Perales out at the plate and keep the Tigers alive. 

In the 11th inning the Toreros finally got the run they were looking for as Hill singled home Kane to give the hosts the walk-off win. 

Game Two 

Caitlyn Sung led off the game with a single and a Hailey Reed bunt moved her to second. Molly Bourne reached on an error to give the Tigers two on with just one out, which brought up Sydney Lahners who continued her great day with a three-run home run to left center and Pacific had the early 3-0 advantage. 

The offense continued to roll as in the third, Bourne reached on an error and with one down, Samantha Owen singled up the middle which advanced Bourne to third. Caitlyn Reynolds plated Bourne on a single to left, bringing the score to 4-0. Next batter Ralene Estrada came up next and knocked her first collegiate home run to left field, scoring Owen and Reynolds widening the lead to 7-0.  

Meanwhile Reed continued to mow down the Toreros as she sat down the hosts in order in the third. In the seventh the Tigers were able to add an insurance run as Reynolds singled to right and pinch hitter Taylor Covington tripled her home, making it 8-0. San Diego got a pair of runs right back in the bottom half, but the deficit was too much and Pacific walked off victorious. 


Game three of the series wraps up tomorrow at noon. Live stats will be available.