Offense Struggles As Tigers Drop Pair To #20 BYU

Sydney Lahners. Photo by Keith Sanpei
Sydney Lahners. Photo by Keith Sanpei

PROVO, Utah - #20 BYU proved to be too much for the Tigers as Pacific dropped a pair of games on Friday night, falling 10-0 (5) and 5-0. Hailey Reed struck out three in game one, allowing four earned in two innings. Molly Bourne and Sydney Lahners were the only Tigers to log hits in the contest as Pacific struggled at the plate against the Cougar's ace McKenna Bull. Marissa Young got the start in game two, tossing six innings with one strikeout and five earned. Lahners went 1-for-2 at the plate and Haylee Moran-Rowen added a double in the loss. The Tigers now sit at 18-23 on the year, 1-4 in West Coast Conference play while the victories bring the Cougars to 30-10 overall, 5-0 in conference action.  

 

Game One

Pacific threatened early in the first as Molly Bourne blooped a single down the left field line with two down and Sydney Lahners ripped a single to right. This brought up Samantha Owen who was looking to get the Tigers on the board but Bull got her to ground out to the second basemen. Going the other way the Cougars were able to take the early lead as Sugg singled to left which plated Jensen. 

BYU added another in the second on back-to-back doubles to go up 2-0. Following a Hailey Reed strikeout of Vender Heide, Jensen singled up the middle to score Breland and bring the score to 3-0. The hosts would add five more runs before the inning ended to carry an 8-0 lead into the third.  

Pacific was retired in order in the third and fourth, and in the bottom of the fourth the Cougars added another pair of runs to go up 10-0. The Tiger offense continued to struggle as they couldn't find a way to get on base in the fifth and the Cougars walked away with the five inning victory. 

Game Two

The Tigers put runners on in the first and second innings but could not bring them around to pull ahead. In the bottom half of the second, Thompson singled to center field and two batters later Strid tripled her home to put the Cougars up 1-0. With Breland up, the Tigers were able to get Strid in a rundown with Cassidy Gustafson throwing to Jessica Pasco who tagged her out at home.

Marissa Young held the Cougar offense in check in the third as she retired BYU in order. With one down in the fourth Sydney Lahners singled to left, giving the Tigers their first hit of the game, and advanced to second on Samantha Owen's groundout to short. This brought up Gustafson, who unfortunately was unable to keep the inning going as she grounded out to second to end the frame. 

A solo home run by Sugg in the fourth added another run for BYU and Strid followed with a three-run home run to make it 5-0. In the fifth Bell singled up the middle with one down which brought up Tarrow. The sophomore ripped a line drive that was headed to right field, but Lahners snagged it out of the air and promptly stepped on first to double-up Bell and end the inning.  

In the seventh Haylee Moran-Rowen ripped a two-out double to right center looking to start a rally for Pacific, but she was left stranded and the Cougars got the victory. 

The three-game series concludes tomorrow, with first pitch scheduled for noon PT.