Stockton, Calif. – The Pacific baseball team visits the Bay Area for a 2 pm meeting against San Francisco Tuesday at USF's Benedetti Diamond. Pacific is hitting .315 in its last six games, led by junior 3B Dustin Torchio (.319 overall).
The Tigers (2-10) return to California following a three-game series at Kansas State over the weekend. The Dons enter Tuesday's game at 6-6 overall.
Pacific will send junior LHP Travis Lumby to the mound on Tuesday. The junior college transfer is 1-1 on the season and is coming off a win over Sacramento State last Tuesday at Klein Family Field. Lumby tossed 5.1 innings against the Hornets and was cruising with a 6-1 lead before the Hornets picked up for runs on one swing of the bat. Although the Tigers picked up the runs back en route to a 13-10 win, Lumby's ERA rose to 8.74 on the season.
San Francisco counters with RHP Andrew Pulido, who sits at 0-1 with a 7.20 ERA. He has logged five innings on the season, including a one-inning stint in relief against Cal Poly on Sunday, as he gave up a pair of hits and one earned run to the Mustangs.
For the season, Pacific has a .280 batting average, with an average of 4.42 runs per contest. The Dons on the season are hitting .277 while averaging 4.25 runs per game. Pacific owns a .373 slugging percentage on the year with 26 extra-base hits, while the Dons are slugging .374 with 29 extra-base hits. Each squad has posted five homers on the season. Senior OF Allen Riley leads the Tigers with three long balls, while switching hitting senior OF Brett Christopher has hit one from each side of the plate. For USF, junior OF Justin Maffei and senior C Mason Morioka each have two, while senior OF Ted LeMasters has one.
On the mound, the Dons are allowing 4.17 runs per game to Pacific's 7.58. However, against unranked teams this season, the Tigers are hitting .305 with four homers in seven games, and have allowed nearly a full run less per game on defense. The Dons have yet to face a ranked team this season.
Pacific leads the all-time series with San Francisco, 85-39-1.
Following Tuesday's matinee, the Tigers return home to play host to Creighton in a three-game series at Klein Family Field beginning on Friday.