STOCKTON, Calif. - The Pacific women's softball team wrapped up its three-game homestand at Bill Simoni Field with a 2-0 loss to Utah State on Wednesday.
The Tigers' loss puts them with a record of 8-10 heading to the OSU Hall of Fame Classic this weekend. Utah State improves to 8-7 following their win Wednesday night.
"It wasn't the result we'd hoped for but our guys battled tonight and played a very clean game overall," Head Coach Brian Kolze said. "This [game] helped us in a way because it's how we're going to have to play against some good teams this weekend."
In a low hit, low scoring affair, the Orange and Black were unable to respond to a 2-0 run assembled by the Aggies in the first inning. Utah State's first two batters got on with back-to-back walks. Following a stolen base from their leadoff hitter, a 2-RBI single brought both runners home and scored the only runs of the ball game.
Marissa Young pitched her third complete game of the season and finished with four hits, two earned runs, and a season-high nine strikeouts. Despite the loss, Kolze was very pleased with the senior pitcher's performance in the circle.
"There was great pitching on both ends...I think Marissa pitched her best game of the year," said Kolze. "When it comes down to it one team had to win and one team had to lose tonight."
Pacific had a chance to score in the sixth inning as Sydney Lahners kicked things off with a single to left field and Rachel Sellers followed with a fielder's choice error which put runners on third and second.
A walk by Ralene Estrada loaded the bases for the Tigers, but they were unable to bring the runners home as a groundout and strikeout ended the inning and left three on base. The Aggies finished off the game after that point.
The Orange and Black travel to Oklahoma City, Okla. this Friday to take on Saint Francis University. The Red Flash are 11-10 on the season, taking an 8-0 loss to No. 1 Oklahoma in Norman, Okla. on Wednesday.