Jenkins Dominates With A 1-0 Shutout Of The Gaels

Jake Jenkins - Photo by: Keith Sanpei
Jake Jenkins - Photo by: Keith Sanpei

Stockton, Calif. - For the second time in WCC play, sophomore Jake Jenkins (4-2) spun himself a complete-game shutout as he led the Tigers to a 1-0 win over Saint Mary's on Friday, April 18. The shutout gave the Tigers' their 20th win of the season, hitting the 20-win mark for the first time since 2010 when the Tigers finished the season 31-23. Overall, Pacific hit the .500 mark on the 2014 season with their record at 20-20 while pushing over .500 in conference play at 9-8. The Gaels fell to 13-24 overall with their 12th straight loss while falling to 5-9 in WCC action.

Needing just over two hours and 110 pitches to do his dirty work, Jenkins put on a pitching clinic in front of the largest crowd (776) of the season at Klein Family Field as the sophomore scattered seven hits over his nine innings of action to come away with his fourth victory of the season. Never in any real trouble in the game, Jenkins used his fastball and slider combination to keep the Gaels off balance and off the board. Even when the second-year Tiger gave up a hit to the Gaels the threat proved to be short-lived as Pacific turned three double plays in the game, the last of which came in the top of the ninth when Jenkins started the game-ending 1-6-3 double play. In all, Jenkins struck out eight and walked just one as he did not allow a runner to get past second in the contest. 

With Jenkins dealing on the mound, the Tigers did not need to come up with a huge night at the plate as Pacific gave the sophomore just enough run support for the win. Coming up with the lone run of the game for his Tigers, junior Taylor Murphy delivered the winning shot of the night in the bottom of the third inning when he blasted a hanging slider from Cameron Neff (5-5) over the right-center field wall for a solo home run. The solo shot was Murphy's third home run of the season and second game-winning blast in as many weeks after hitting a walk-off home run in the bottom of the 14th inning against Sacramento State on April 8. The home run was Murphy's second of hit of the game as he would finish his night 2-for-3 with a walk.

Hitting behind Murphy in the order, sophomore Brett Sullivan shook off an off night from Thursday and returned to form with a 3-for-4 effort that included a double. In all, the Tigers No. 2 and No. 3 hitters accounted for five of Pacific's nine hits in the contest.

The complete game shutout for Jenkins was his second at Klein Family Field in as many home conference series. He had previously dominated Santa Clara in a 7-0 shutout back on Mar. 30. The complete game was the third of the season for the Tigers. The win for Jenkins also marked the first time in conference play that the Tigers' starters recorded two wins on the weekend.

Pacific will go for its first series sweep of the season on Saturday, April 19, when they take on the Gaels for game three of the series at 2:00 pm.