STOCKTON, Calif. – The University of the Pacific dominated the University of Hawaii on Monday night to take its win streak up to three with a 10-1 victory.
Pacific improves to 11-16 overall, while Hawaii falls to 16-10 on the season.
The Tigers started out hot with a three-run inning at the start of the game. In the bottom of the first with one out, Michael Ricupito singled to right field to land on base and get the first hit of the game. Lucas Halstead stepped up with two outs and smashed a double down the left field line to score Ricupito to take a 1-0 lead.
At the top of the third, Hawaii scored one run to end the Tigers shut out with Maaki Yamazaki scoring on a double to left field by Adam Fogel.
However, the Orange and Black bats came alive in the bottom of the sixth. With one out, Keaton Glover bunted to third base, causing a pitching change for the Rainbow Warriors. Kevin Sandri stepped up and reached base on a Hawaii error and advanced to second, allowing Glover to move to third. Bradley Jekich came in as a pinch hitter for Ricupito and doubled down the left field line to score Glover and Sandri and increase the lead, 5-1.
Still with one out, James Free stepped up and blasted a home run over the right field fence on a 2-2 count and scored Jekich to run up the lead to 7-1. The next at-bat, Halstead walked, followed by Ryan hitting a single to left field to advance Halstead to second, forcing a second pitching change by Hawaii.
From there, Tarantino doubled to left center to score Ryan and Halstead for a 9-1 lead. Carter Hayes notched the final hit of the inning with a single to right field to score Tarantino for the 10-1 lead and victory.
"Hawaii is having a great season and this was a good win for us," said head coach Ryan Garko. "I was really happy with the way our freshman pitched, and three of them continue to get better each outing. Offensively, the at bats were good and we came through in some big spots to put up a couple of big innings. Overall, I am pleased with the energy and commitment our men are showing."
The Tigers recorded a new team high 16 hits against just four by Hawaii.
Tarantino lead the offense after going 3-for-4 from the plate, notching four RBIs and one run. Hayes, Free, and Jekich tallied two RBIs a piece to combine for six of the 10 RBIs by Pacific. Halstead and Ryan finished 2-for-3 from the plate with two runs scored. Hayes, Ricupito, and Glover each had two hits, while Ricupito and Glover had one run. Sandri, Free, and Jekich round out the hitters with one hit each and one run scored.
On the mound, Hayden Pearce picked up his first collegiate win, after pitching 3.0 innings allowing just one run and two hits. Samson Abernathy saw his first appearance on the mound, pitching one inning. Dominic DiMiero was charged with the loss, after pitching one inning with two strikeouts.
Pacific hits the road for four games with a three-game series at Pepperdine starting on Friday, April 6 with first pitch set for 3:00 p.m.