Tigers Blanked by Oklahoma To Wrap Up GCU Tournament

Tigers Blanked by Oklahoma To Wrap Up GCU Tournament

PHOENIX, Ariz. – The women's softball team was held scoreless versus No. 1 Oklahoma early Sunday morning, finishing with a final score of 7-0. The Tigers played arguably their hardest match of the GCU Tournament facing off against the two-time defending National Champion Sooners.

Pacific's loss brings them to 3-2 on the season. The Sooners remain undefeated, sweeping the GCU Tournament with a record of 4-0.

"I thought our pitchers did a good job today but I didn't think we competed well at the plate," said Head Coach Brian Kolze. "We didn't play poorly, but we just didn't have the energy I anticipated we'd have with our opportunity."

The Orange and Black were unable to find an offensive groove throughout the match, getting only four batters on base and batting a team average .125 the entire game.

Both teams were held scoreless throughout the first inning, but Oklahoma cut open a 5-0 lead early in the second as Lea Wodach homered to left center field for a 3-RBI home run to put the Sooners up.

Oklahoma scored two insurance runs in the third and fourth inning and never looked back.

Bethany Hammer split time with Megan Walters in the circle, each pitching three innings of work for the Tigers combining for 5 strikeouts.

Despite an unfavorable ending to the weekend, the Orange and Black finished with the second-best record in the GCU Tournament at 3-2.

Pacific had an impressive outing up to bat during their five-game stretch, scoring 23 runs and knocking in four home runs to start out the year. Samantha Owen carried the load with seven hits, seven RBI, and a grand slam performance Friday afternoon against Montana.

"Our batting should give us some confidence because everyone contributed [this weekend]," Kolze stated. "I was very impressed with the at-bats our kids took off the bench…if we keep this up and keep in mind that you can't just turn things on and off that'll be our first improvement moving forward." 

The Tigers head to their next invite, the Bulldog Classic, next weekend at Fresno State. Pacific will face off against CSU Bakersfield, UC Davis, and Fresno State.

"Overall it was a good weekend and we're happy to come on the plus side," said Kolze. "We just take care of some things when we get home before we head to Fresno next week."