STOCKTON, Calif. – The Pacific Tigers started off their doubleheader right, winning game one on a walk-off sacrifice fly by Ryan Schalch. The RBI came after a leadoff double by Lucas Halstead in the eighth inning of what was originally scheduled to be a seven-inning game. Pacific is now 7-6 on the year.
Will Lydon struck out seven in his seven innings of work today but went away with a no-decision as the game headed to extra innings.
Vince Arobio came on in relief of Lydon and got his first win of the year after mowing through an easy 1-2-3 inning, striking out two and getting an easy groundout on just ten pitches.
Schalch and Nick Iwasa singled through the right side in the second for Pacific, followed by a Mejia full-count walk that started the first scoring rally for the Tigers. Keaton Glover drew a catcher's interference to push the first run of the inning home, then a sacrifice fly by Kevin Sandri tied the game up before Seattle re-took the lead in the third.
Seattle scored twice in the first inning on a single and a wild pitch to take a lead early. That only lasted an inning as Pacific would tie it back up in the second. Seattle's scoring in the first and third innings was helped along by Pacific fielding errors, extending each inning and allowing the Redhawks to take a 3-2 lead.
Matt Tarantino doubled to lead off the sixth, his second double of the game. The Tigers brought Tarantino home with two grounders to the right side that made it an all new ballgame heading to the seventh, tied 3-3. Halstead and Schalch would take over from there to get the win for Pacific.
- Lydon's seven strikeouts today were his most since February 26, 2016 against Northwestern, when he also struck out seven.
- This was Tarantino's third game with multiple extra-base hits in last seven.
- Tarantino now has eight extra-base hits in his last nine games.
- Five of Sandri's six RBI have come since moving to the leadoff spot.
- In his past five home starts, Will Lydon is 3-1 with a 3.16 ERA.
Pacific and Seattle will play once more today. The series finale will come against Seattle tomorrow at noon. Tickets for that game are available online.
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