STOCKTON, Calif. - The Tigers made it eight-straight on Saturday as Pacific took both games of the doubleheader over Saint Mary's. It is Pacific's longest win streak since 2003 when the Tigers won nine in a row.
The Tigers edged Saint Mary's 3-0 in game one of the double header. Marissa Young tossed all seven innings in game one with eight strikeouts in the shutout. Cassidy Gustafson hit her team-leading ninth home run of the year on a two-run blast over the scoreboard to cap off the three-run sixth inning. Hailey Reed got the start in game two, going the distance with three strikeouts and two earned. At the plate Rachel Sellers went a perfect 2-for-2 with two runs scored, and Ralene Estrada hit her second home run of the year on a three-run shot to left.
The victories bring Pacific to 26-24 on the year, 9-5 in West Coast Conference action while the losses drop Saint Mary's to 16-28 overall, 2-9 in conference play.
Marissa Young struck out the side in the first and second innings en route to her eight strikeout performance. In the top of the third with a runner on second, the Gaels' McCoy ripped a single to right, advancing Alexander to third. Right fielder Haylee Moran-Rowen fielded the ball cleanly and fired a perfect throw over to home plate to keep Alexander at third and prevent the run.
The pitchers dual continued with both starters doing a good job keeping it scoreless. In the fourth with Samantha Owen on second and two down Molly Bourne beat out an infield single to the second baseman, sending Owen to third who then headed home looking to break the scoreless tie. Saint Mary's first baseman Lotz fired home to force a very close play at the plate which got Owen out at home.
Hailey Reed led off the bottom of the sixth with a double to left and next batter Lahners ripped a single to right-center to score Reed and give Pacific a 1-0 lead. This brought up Cassidy Gustafson, who absolutely crushed the ball over the scoreboard for her ninth home run of the season and the 3-0 advantage. Pacific retired the visitors in order in the top of the seventh to help log their seventh-straight victory.
Rachel Sellers led off the bottom of the second with a single to left center and Cassidy Gustafson reached on an error which advanced Sellers to second. A Samantha Owen sacrifice bunt moved the runners up, and Sellers scored shortly after on Molly Bourne's groundout to the second baseman which gave the Tigers the 1-0 lead.
Reed retired the Gaels in order in the fourth capped off by a strikeout of Mariani. In the bottom half of the inning Sellers led off with a double and moved to third on Gustafson's groundout to the short stop. This brought up Owen, who blooped a single to left which scored Sellers and made it 2-0 Tigers. Next batter Bourne singled up the middle and went to second on the throw while Owen hustled over to third, and Ralene Estrada followed with a booming three-run home run to left to make it 5-0. The rally continued as Haylee Moran-Rowen slapped a triple down the left field line, and Caitlyn Sung plated her on a sacrifice fly to center to make it 6-0.
Reed held the Gael bats in check in the fifth and sixth, but the Gaels inched back in the seventh on Dimercurio's two-run home run to left, ending the Tiger's shutout streak at 35-straight innings without an earned run.
The Tigers look to make it nine-straight tomorrow as the series wraps up at noon. The contest with the Gaels will also be Pacific's Senior Day where the Tigers honor their graduation seniors.