Tigers Defeat Wolverines in Home Opener, 4-0

Tigers Defeat Wolverines in Home Opener, 4-0

STOCKTON, Calif. – The University of Pacific baseball team let the bats fly, as it defeated the Utah Valley University Wolverines in its home opener of the 2018 season, 4-0.

The Tigers improve to 2-3 overall while the Wolverines fall to 1-3.

After four in a half scoreless innings, the Orange and Black let it fly. Nate Verlin led off the bottom of the fifth with a double to center field to set up the first run of the game and grabbing the first hit for the Tigers.

Lucas Halstead stepped up to the plate behind Verlin and singled to third, advancing to second on a throwing error by the Wolverines which allowed Verlin to score to give UOP a 1-0 lead.

From there, with one out, Carter Hayes singled to left field and set up a second run for the Tigers, advancing Halstead to third. Keaton Glover on a 1-1 count, smashed a three-run homer over the left field fence to give the Tigers a 4-0 advantage and close out the game.

Glover led the offense going 1-of-3 from the plate and tallying three RBI. Hayes and Verlin each went 1-of-3 from the box, as well.

Shelby Lackey (1-0) earned the win after pitching five innings and striking out eight batters. Cooper Casad relieved Lackey at the top of the sixth and grabbed his first save of the season, pitching four innings and struck out five. Jake Mayer of the Wolverines was charged with the loss after pitching eight innings and struck out eight.

The Tigers return to action tomorrow for a double header against Utah Valley with first pitch set for 1:00 p.m.