Reynoso Leads Tigers To Victory Over Broncos, 6-2

Photo courtesy of Meghan Laurel Photography
Photo courtesy of Meghan Laurel Photography

SANTA CLARA, Calif. - In the series finale in Santa Clara, the Pacific Tigers defeated the Broncos, 6-2 as both the Tiger offense and defense posted strong showings.

Ricky Reynoso never saw more than five batters in an inning as he started and held Santa Clara in check for the first seven innings giving up only one earned run on six hits and punching out a season high and career tying nine batters. Reynoso recorded the win and improves to 5-6.  

James Free II went 3-for-5 with three runs batter in including his 13th and 14th home runs of the season, while Danny Mayer also tacked on a solo homer and a hit.  Matthew Tarantino and Blake Barry also recorded two hits each for the Tiger offense.  

Eric Lex started for the Broncos and went seven and-a-third innings allowing five earned runs on ten hits.

In the sixth, Free followed a Tarantino single with a two-run homer to right field to get the Tigers on the board first. Mayer reached base on a single to left field and was able to score a run after Barry doubled to right to give Pacific the lead, 3-0.

Matt Smithwick put one over the center field fence in the seventh to shrink the Tiger lead to 3-1.  

Mayer answered in the eighth with a solo shot to center field for his 11th home run of the season.  Keaton Glover came through with an RBI single to left field as he plated Halstead who posted a single and stole a base to put himself in scoring position.

The bats weren't done yet for Pacific as Free delivered his second home run of the game to right center in the ninth inning for his third multi-home run game of the season and the sixth Tigers run of the afternoon. 

Pacific pitchers Reynoso and Vince Arobio allowed just two runs as they scattered nine hits and struck out a combined 14 Bronco batters.

Pacific improves to 17-32 overall, 5-19 in the West Coast Conference.

Santa Clara drops to 13-36, 9-15 in WCC action.

The Black and Orange are back at Klein Family Field for their final home game of the season on Friday facing the San Francisco Dons with a first pitch slated for 6 p.m.