STOCKTON, Calif. – The Pacific Tigers overwhelmed the Cal Poly Mustangs with their biggest offensive output since 2012, winning 16-0. It was the second shutout in a row for the Tigers, who had just one shutout all of last season. Pacific moves to 3-2 on the season, while Cal Poly drops to 1-5.
"We're just playing as a family, that's all you can ask for," said Free about today's performance. "We're playing as a team and it's just a lot of fun."
Tarantino hit his first Division I homerun and Pacific's first grand slam since Louis Mejia's in 2015, clearing the bases in the sixth inning with a shot over the leftfield wall. The junior also had an RBI grounder in the third inning to give him five RBI to go along with two runs.
Will Lydon coasted through six shutout innings for Pacific in his second win of the season. Lydon has yet to give up an earned run this year and struck out three in today's outing.
Cal Poly's starter, Kyle Smith, was knocked out of the game after just 2 1/3 innings as Pacific struck for five runs, scoring in each frame against Smith. The Mustangs would end up using five different pitchers in the game, with four of the five giving up multiple runs.
Ryan Schalch had three hits for Pacific in the game, scoring every time he reached base. The junior easily leads the Tigers in runs so far this year with six in five games. His RBI single in the sixth gave him his third RBI of the year as well.
- The 16-run victory was Pacific's largest victory since 2/21/03, when they won 17-1 over Coppin State.
- This was the first time Pacific scored at least ten runs in a game since 5/6/16 against Santa Clara, when the Tigers won 12-8.
- Danny Mayer extended his on-base streak to 38 games, with hits in 25 of the last 26 games.
- Tarantino had 5 RBI today, the most by a Tiger since Verlin's five on April 5 vs. Fresno State last season.
- James Free II is hitting .615 as a starter this year with six RBI in those three games. This was Free's third multi-hit game of the year.
- Lydon has started the year with 12.2 innings without an earned run.
- The win today guarantees a series win for the Tigers, giving them their first series win since May 6-8 of last year against Santa Clara. A win tomorrow would give Pacific its first sweep since April 15-17 against Portland last year.
- The last time Pacific scored at least 16 runs came on March 26, 2012 against Brown in a 16-6 victory.
The Tigers will look for the series sweep in tomorrow's 1:00 pm game, their final against Cal Poly. Tickets for that game are available online.
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