MALIBU, Calif. – The University of the Pacific baseball team dropped game two of the series on Saturday afternoon, 6-3, to Pepperdine University.
The Tigers fall to 11-18 overall and 3-8 in conference play, while the Waves improve to 14-15 on the season and 6-5 in West Coast Conference action.
Pepperdine took a quick 2-0 lead in the opening inning, but the Orange and Black responded back in the top of the second to trail by one. With two outs, Lucas Halstead smashed one over the left field fence to bring the Tigers within one at 2-1.
However, the Waves scored two more runs in the second and third to push the lead back up to 6-1.
In the top of the sixth with one out, Alex LeForestier and Bradley Jekich hit back-to-back singles up the middle to reach first and second, respectively. James Free walked and loaded the bases. Nate Verlin stepped up and scored LeForestier on a ground out and trailed 6-2.
The Tigers looked to make a comeback in the top of the eighth, as Kevin Sandri led off with a single to left field and advanced to second on an error by Pepperdine.
With two outs, Free stepped up to the plate and singled to left field to push Sandri home to trail 6-3, but it was not enough, as the Waves claimed the victory.
The Tigers finished with seven hits on the day with Halstead leading the way going 2-for-4 from the plate with one home run, one RBI, and one run. Free, Jekich, Sandri, LeForestier, and Michael Ricupito combined for five hits, with one hit a piece. Sandri and LeForestier scored one run each, while Verlin and Free each had an RBI.
On the mound, Ricky Reynoso pitched six innings with four strikeouts and was charged with the loss. Jonathan Pendergast picked up the win for the Waves after pitching eight innings with seven strikeouts. Easton Lucas earned the save.
Pacific closes out the series against Pepperdine on Sunday, April 8 with first pitch set for 1 p.m.