Tigers Tied Up In 6-2 Loss

Photo Courtesy of Meghan Laurel Photography
Photo Courtesy of Meghan Laurel Photography

Seattle, Wash. – The Tigers dropped the first game of their doubleheader against Washington 6-2 as Pacific's bats were unable to string together a rally in time.  The Tigers scored twice in the ninth but still took the loss.  Pacific is now 5-10 this year heading into game two today.  The Huskies move to 8-4 on the season.

Ricky Reynoso was on the mound for the fifth time for Pacific.  The freshman gave up just two runs in his six innings of work but still took the loss, the first of his career.

The Huskies started a freshman as well, with Joe DeMers taking the mound.  DeMers retired nine in a row to begin the game and faced two over the minimum in his six innings.  DeMers allowed two singles and nothing else, striking out four. Alex Nesbitt worked three innings of relief for the Huskies and struck out four en route to his first career save.

Washington scored in the second inning to take an early lead.  A leadoff single put the eventual run on base, with a single later in the inning driving the runner in from second.  J.J. Wagner killed the threat after that by pulling back a popup that had drifted over the fence foul, reaching far over to get the out.

It was Kevin Sandri who had the first hit of the game for the Tigers.  The shortstop singled into right center to start the fourth inning.  Sandri stole second two pitches later to make him a perfect 2-for-2 this year in base larceny.

The Huskies hit a leadoff homer in the fourth to add to their lead, making it 2-0.  It was just the fifth homerun allowed by Pacific all year.  Reynoso didn't let the homer get to him, retiring three straight after the homer and a double to get to the fifth. 

J.P. Yakel got on to lead off the sixth thanks to a strange deflection.  Yakel hit a hot grounder straight to the mound, where it bounced off of DeMers' plant foot and hit into leftfield as the third baseman struggled to change direction.  The senior catcher now has hits in four of his last five games.

The best scoring threat of the game for Pacific came in the seventh against Washington reliever Nesbitt.  Wagner singled to right with one out.  Louis Mejia extended his hitting streak to seven games two pitches later, tied for the longest hitting streak of any Tiger this year with Sandri.  Mejia sent a low liner to left that had enough oomph on it to fly through the edge of the third baseman's glove.

After a strikeout, Gio Brusa beat out an infield single that rolled to a stop between the pitcher and second baseman to load up the bases.  That was all she wrote in the inning, though, as another strikeout ended the threat.

Washington made it 3-0, singling through the right side in the seventh with runners on the corners.  Two batters later, the Huskies scored their fourth run when Chris Baker drew a bases-loaded walk.  Baker went 3-for-3 in the day, homering and driving in in or scoring four of Washington's runs.

Another bases-loaded walk made it 5-0.  Bryce Lombardi came on in relief after that and struck out both men he faced to end it but not before a wild pitch stretched Washington's lead to six runs.  Lombardi pitched two innings in relief, striking out three.

Pacific tried to mount a rally in the ninth with two straight singles with one out.  Wagner hit a mirror image of his first single, sending a liner to rightfield.  Mejia copied Wagner three pitches later, putting men on the corners.  A wild pitch followed to give the Tigers for run number one.

The second run didn't waste much time coming around when Brusa ripped a hard liner into centerfield and scored Mejia.  That was as close as it got, however, with a diving play by the first baseman on the next pitch ending the game.

Pacific and Washington will wrap up their four-game series tomorrow at 1:00 pm.  The game will be streamed online.

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