Pacific Downed 9-2 After Early Deficit

Photo Courtesy of Meghan Laurel Photography
Photo Courtesy of Meghan Laurel Photography

STOCKTON, Calif. – The Pacific Tigers lost 9-2 to the San Jose State Spartans Tuesday night after the Spartans struck for six runs in the first three innings.  Danny Mayer homered in the game while Matt Tarantino added to his team-leading RBI total with his tenth of the season but that was all the offense the Tigers could muster.  Pacific is 5-6 on the season now.

The loss would go to Kyle Ostrowski, who falls to 0-2.

Mayer knocked a homerun in the fourth inning that was out of the park by the time the outfielders could turn around for Pacific's first run.  That gave Mayer five homers this season, tied for ninth in the NCAA.

The Tigers' other run came on a Tarantino sacrifice fly in the eighth inning.  It was Tarantino's tenth RBI in the last seven games.

Miles Haddad entered in relief in a tough spot with the bases loaded and no outs in the first inning.  Haddad would give up one run on a sacrifice fly but got out of it with no additional damage as he jammed San Jose State's hitters and forced two easy popups.

The season-long second-inning troubles continued for the Tigers as San Jose State scored four in the second to take a 5-0 lead.  An error allowed San Jose State's first run of the inning to score, with two singles after that driving in three more.

The Spartans would score in each of the first four innings to take an 8-1 lead.  San Jose State would score in every inning before Jordon Gonzalez threw a 1-2-3 fifth.  Gonzalez would retire all six men he faced in the game in his two innings.

STAT NOTES

  • Pacific is 1-4 in their last five Tuesday games.
  • Mayer's homer gives him 21 in his career, the sixth-most in Tiger history.  Mayer can move into the top five with two more homers.
  • The three innings on the mound by Miles Haddad were a new career high.  He had pitched five innings in his previous six career appearances.
  • Blake Barry's double in the seventh gave him two extra-base hits this year in just 12 at-bats.  Barry had two extra-base hits in 65 at-bats last season.
  • Joey Riherd had his first collegiate plate appearance, drawing a walk in the eighth.
  • The Tigers have now been outscored 22-4 in the second inning this season.

Pacific will host a four-game series against the Seattle Redhawks this weekend, with game one on Friday at 6:00 pm.  Tickets for that whole series are available online.

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