STOCKTON, Calif. – The University of the Pacific baseball team fell to Sacramento State on Tuesday night, 9-2.
The Tigers fall to 3-6 on the season while the Hornets improve to 3-6 overall.
In the bottom of the second, the Orange and Black jumped to a 1-0 lead with Matthew Tarantino singling to right field with one out. Carter Hayes stepped up and powered a single to left field that advanced Tarantino to third for the leading run. Keaton Glover hit a sacrifice bunt to the pitcher to score Tarantino for the first run of the game.
However, it did not stand long, as the Hornets scored five runs at the top of the third and took a commanding, 5-1, lead.
The Tigers looked to bounce back in sixth, as Zach Vater went three up, three down to put the Tigers back on the offensive. With two outs, Nate Verlin was walked and Bradley Jekich hit a single up the middle to advance Verlin and place runners at first and second. A passed ball on the Hornets pushed Verlin and Jekich to third and second, respectively. The next at-bat for Tarantino was a walk to load the bases and give the Tigers a set up for the grand slam but Hunter Konecny-Pena was hit by a pitch to advance all runners and score Verlin. Glover stepped up to the plate to try his hand at the bat again but was unable to score the runners on bases.
The Hornets went on to score four more runs in the seventh to take the victory, 9-2.
The Tigers connected seven times on 32 at-bats with two runs.
Kevin Sandri and Jekich both went 2-for-4 from the plate while Hayes went 1-for-2. Tarantino tallied a run and a hit for the Pacific offense.
John Besse was charged with the loss while the Hornets' Scott Randall picked up the win after pitching three innings and striking out two batters.
The Tigers return to action on Friday, March 2 for a four-game series against Cal Poly. First pitch is set for 6:00 p.m. on Friday.