STOCKTON, Calif. – The Pacific Tigers fell at home for the first time this year, losing 11-4 to the Penn State Nittany Lions after Penn State pulled away late. Pacific falls to 4-4 on the year while Penn State improves to 3-5.
Shelby Lackey went four innings for the Tigers today off the mound and took the loss to fall to 1-2 despite striking out six today, giving him 15 strikeouts over his last ten innings. Ryan Shreve came on in relief and had a career-best two-inning outing, allowing just one baserunner in that time on a walk.
Penn State's Dakota Forsyth got the win, his first victory of the season. The save when to Nick Distasio, who pitched 3.1 innings to end the game.
Errors in the first and second put Pacific behind the eight ball as Penn State led 4-0 after two. That lead would stretch to 6-1 after two runs in the fourth inning. The Nittany Lions would pile on five runs in the eighth and ninth, with four coming on a grand slam, for the final score.
Ryan Schalch, making his first start of the year at first base, drove home another Tiger run in the bottom of the fourth. Schalch launched a frozen rope to the left-center wall that let Danny Mayer score from first. Schalch, who took third on the throw, would score on a wild pitch after that to cut the deficit to 6-3.
"I worked out at first all fall, so it's something I was ready for," said Schalch, who had a leaping grab of a line drive that started an unassisted double play today.
Pacific continued their season-long trend of sixth-inning scoring, this time picking up one run. With the bases loaded, Mejia drew a walk to pick up the RBI and make it 6-4. That was as close as the Tigers could pull it, however, as they took their first home loss this year.
- Danny Mayer extended his on-base streak to 42 game today with a HBP.
- Schalch is hitting .438 with five runs over his last four games and has now reached base in every game as a Tiger.
- In wins this year, Pacific has a team ERA of 1.00. In losses, its ERA is 11.72.
- Kevin Sandri is hitting .314 at home in his career after going 1-for-3 today.
- Sandri's HBP gives him ten since the beginning of 2016, the most by a Tiger in that span.
The second game between Pacific and Penn State will be tomorrow at 1:00 pm. Tickets for that game are available online.
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