Boras' Walk-Off Gives Tigers Win Over UC Davis

Boras' Walk-Off Gives Tigers Win Over UC Davis

STOCKTON, Calif. - The Pacific baseball team walked off with a 3-2 win over UC Davis Tuesday as Jimmy Boras delivered a game-winning hit down the left field line in the bottom of the ninth.

Each team scored two runs in the fifth inning, and the Tigers put two on in the bottom of the ninth with one out. Boras ripped a 1-2 pitch down the third-base line, into left field to bring home Preston Moebius with the winning run.

Boras finished 2-for-5 with a double and an RBI, while Matthew Tarantino went 2-for-3 with an RBI.

Pacific used six pitchers, with Vince Arobio getting the win in relief, as he tossed two innings with one hit allowed and three strikeouts.

Bailey Hansen started and threw the first three innings, striking out two while giving up two hits in his scoreless frames. He departed with after surrendering a lead-off double and a walk in the top of the fourth. But Miles Haddad entered, and on six pitches coaxed a shallow pop-fly for the first out, and then started the turn for a 1-6-3 double play on a sharp come backer to end the inning.

John Besse entered for the fifth and the Aggies broke through with a pair of runs, as Cameron Briggs singled following a hit by pitch, and after an infield hit to load the bases, Brad Pluschkell and Ryan Hooper each provided sacrifice flies for a 2-0 UC Davis lead.

The Tigers struck back in the bottom of the fifth, as Kevin Sandri singled, and Tarantino doubled off the wall in left to cut the lead in half. Following a walk to James Free II, Ryan Schalch singled to left center to plate Tarantino, but Schalch was thrown out at second as the Tigers tied the game.

Jordon Gonzalez and Ryan Shreve each tossed shutout frames, in sixth and seventh respectively, before Arobio retired six of seven.

The Aggies' Connor Loar put up zeros in the seventh and eighth out of the bullpen, but in the ninth, Moebius delivered a pinch-hit single to left, and advanced to third on an infield single and a throwing error on Sandri's soft chopper up the third base line. With second and third and one away, Zach Stone was brought in to face Boras, who brought in the winning run with his hit to left.

The loss was charged to Loar, who falls to 0-2 on the year.

The Tigers improve to 16-30 overall, while UC Davis drops to 15–25 on the season.

Pacific will open a three-game West Coast Conference series at Santa Clara on Friday.