STOCKTON, Calif. - The University of the Pacific pounded out seven
runs and 10 hits on its way to a 7-2 victory over the Sacramento
State softball team in the finale of a three-game Big West Conference
series Sunday afternoon at Bill Simoni Field in Stockton, Calif.
With the victory, Pacific, which swept a doubleheader from the
Hornets yesterday, completed the three-game sweep of Sacramento State
while improving its record to 43-9 overall and 12-3 in the Big West.
With the loss, Sacramento State dropped to 16-30 overall and 4-11 in
the conference. At 14 games under .500, the Hornets are now the most
games they've ever been under .500 in the Div. I era (1990-pres.).
Pacific scored two runs in the second, third and fourth innings and
tacked on another in the sixth off Hornet pitchers Jillian Bivert and
Gina Steenburgen. All but two Tiger starters picked up at least one
hit, led by Adrienne Ratajczak, who finished 3-for-3 with two runs
scored and two doubles.
Cindy Ball (27-6) picked up her second victory in as many days,
allowing three hits and two runs including five strikeouts in seven
The Tigers got on the board first in the second inning on a Ball solo
home run and a Barbara Moody RBI-double. Sacramento State tied the
game in the top of the third as shortstop Andrea Becker connected on
her first career home run, a two-run shot that sailed over the left
Pacific retook the lead with two runs in the bottom of the third on a
two-run double by Boni Kading. The Tigers increased their lead to 6-2
in the fourth inning after a two-run single by Estee Okumura. Pacific
tacked on an unearned run in the bottom of the sixth to complete the
Bivert (6-11) picked up the loss, allowing seven hits and four runs
in three innings. Steenburgen, who relieved Bivert in the fourth
inning, allowed three runs and three hits in three innings.
Sacramento State returns to action next weekend as it hosts a
three-game series with Big West-foe Cal Poly. The Hornets and
Mustangs play a doubleheader on Saturday, April 28, at noon, followed
by a single game Sunday, April 29, at noon.