STOCKTON, Calif. – The University of the Pacific baseball team claimed game two of the series against Loyola Marymount University, 3-2, on Friday night to tie the series, 1-1.
The Tigers improve to 9-16 on the season and 2-6 in conference, while the Lions fall to 13-13 overall and 6-2 in conference play.
In the first inning, LMU took an early 1-0 lead with Jamey Smart reaching first on a Tigers error, which allowed Brian Wilson to score.
From there, the Lions scored one in the top of the fourth on a Brandon Shearer single up the middle to score Niko Pacheco for the 2-0 lead.
However, the Tigers did not let that stop them, as the bats came alive in the bottom of the sixth with Keaton Glover hitting a leadoff triple out to left field. With one out, Alex LeForestier hit a sacrifice fly to left to send Glover home to trail 2-1.
The next at-bat, James Free stepped up and smashed a solo home run over the right field fence to tie the game, 2-2.
In the bottom of the seventh with two outs, Tyler Ryan stepped up and hit a double to left center causing the Lions to make a pitching change. Matthew Tarantino went head to head with the new pitcher and hit a ground rule double to center field, which allowed Ryan to score the game winning run, 3-2.
The Orange and Black edged out the Lions on hits, 7-4. Glover led the offense with two hits in three at-bats, scoring one run. LeForestier, Free, Ryan, Tarantino, and Bradley Jekich each had one hit combining for five hits, while LeForestier, Free, and Tarantino each had an RBI.
Ricky Reynoso (2-1) earned his second quality start going 7.0 innings giving up just three hits and striking out four batters to pick up the win. Ryan Shreve earned his second save of the season after pitching 2.0 innings giving up one hit. Josh Agnew was charged with the loss after pitching 6.2 innings with five strikeouts.
"Ricky's performance tonight is what college sports is all about," said head coach Ryan Garko. "He dealt with some adversity, didn't give in, and won the big spots. Offensively, we continue to work and it was nice to see some balls driven tonight. Our hitters started slow but found a way. LMU is a very good team and I'm proud of our guys for bouncing back and fighting so hard tonight."
Pacific returns to action for game three of the series against Loyola Marymount on Saturday, March 31 with first pitch set for 1:00 p.m.