Fullerton, Calif. – Tyger Pederson and Dustin Torchio each picked up a pair of hits, but the Tigers dropped a 9-2 decision at No. 5 Cal State Fullerton on Thursday, March 28 in the Big West Conference opener for both teams.
The Tigers took a 1-0 lead in the third inning. Pederson belted a triple to the right-center gap, and came across on a sacrifice fly by Tyler Sullivan. It was Pederson's second triple of the year.
Pacific starter Michael Benson retired 12 of 14 batters before the Titans struck for seven runs in the bottom of the fifth inning. Benson (2-2) walked in a run, before a two-run single by J.D. Davis made it 4-1 and a three-run home run by Michael Lorenzen gave CSUF a 7-1 lead.
The Tigers got right back on the board, after an RBI single by Torchio plated Pederson for the second time on the evening. It was Torchio's team-leading 15th run batted in of the season.
Benson gave up seven runs in 4.2 innings, walking two and striking out three. John Haberman pitched the final 3.1 innings for the Tigers, allowing two runs on seven hits.
Thomas Eshelman (6-1) went 8.0 innings for the Titans, allowing two runs on four hits and eight strikeouts.
Pacific dropped to 7-13 and 0-1 in Big West play, while the Titans improved to 22-4, 1-0 in league action. Game two of the series is Friday at 7 p.m.