STOCKTON, Calif. – The University of the Pacific baseball team fell in its final contest of the series against Utah Valley University on Sunday afternoon, 4-3.
The Tigers fall to 3-5 overall, while the Wolverines improve to 3-4 on the season.
At the top of first, Utah Valley jumped out to a quick 1-0 lead. With one out, Michael Beltran reached first on a walk and advanced to second on a single to left field by Trevor Peterson. Kade Poulsen stepped up with two outs and hit a single to deep center to score Beltran and advance Peterson to third for the first run of the game and a 1-0 lead.
At the bottom of the first, Keaton Glover led off for the Tigers and on a 1-1 count, smashed the ball over the left field fence to hit his second home run of his career and tie the game 1-1.
In the second inning, Bradley Jekich tripled to deep center to put the Tigers in scoring position for the lead but were unable to capitalize, as they left the inning still tied, 1-1.
The Orange and Black's first lead of the game came at the bottom of the fourth when Mejia hit a sacrifice fly to left field to score Jekich and take a 2-1 lead over the Wolverines. Jekich hit a single to left center followed by a single to right field by Tyler Ryan, advancing Jekich to third for the leading run.
Utah Valley tied it up at the top of the fifth, 2-2, on a ground out to second allowing David Modler to score the tying run.
From there, the Wolverines took over the lead, scoring two runs in the seventh off a walk and a Tigers' error.
Freshman Joe Solomon enters the game at the top of the eighth, making his first collegiate debut, and went three up, three down, to put the Tigers back up to the plate. With one out, Matthew Tarantino blasted a double to center field to set up scoring position. With the pressure on, Jekich scored Tarantino for the trailing 4-3 run, smashing a double to left field.
However, it was not enough, as the Tigers fell short in the ninth inning falling 4-3 to the Wolverines.
Jekich was the leading batter for the Orange and Black going 3-for-4 from the plate and hitting for a .370 batting average. Jekich tallied a run and an RBI for the Tigers.
Pacific made nine connections with the bat against just six for the Wolverines.
Henrik Reinertsen was charged with the loss for UOP, pitching just two innings with one strikeout. Jake Carr picked up the win for Utah Valley with 2.1 innings pitched and striking out three batters. Drew Hill earned the save.
The University of the Pacific returns to action on Tuesday, February 27 hosting Sacramento State with first pitch at 6:00 p.m.