Tigers Blast Past Pilots, 14-7

Tigers Blast Past Pilots, 14-7

PORTLAND, Ore. – The University of the Pacific baseball team defeated the University of Portland Pilots, 14-7, on Saturday night.

The Tigers improve to 17-24 overall and 8-12 in conference, while the Pilots fall to 16-26 overall and 8-12 in conference play.

After four scoreless innings, Carter Hayes led off the top of the fifth with his first career home run to left center to score the first run of the game and give the Tigers a 1-0 lead and set the pace for the rest of the game.

Kevin Sandri stepped up with one out and singled to center field and advanced to second on a balk by the Pilot pitcher. Keaton Glover was walked to put two on followed by Matthew Tarantino reaching on a fielder's choice to place runners on first and third. James Free II loaded the bases with a walk causing the Pilots to make a pitching change.

From there, Lucas Halstead hit a two-run single through the left side to score Tarantino and Sandri and pushed Free to second and gave the Orange and Black a 3-0 lead.

Tyler Ryan continued the scoring streak with a single to third base and advanced to second on an error by the Pilot defense, which allowed Free to score to push the lead up to 4-0. Bradley Jekich loaded the bases after being walked and Free scored after Hayes was hit by a pitch.

Nate Verlin closed out the inning with a two-run single to left center to score Jekich and Ryan and gave the Tigers a 7-0 lead.

The Pilots ended the shut out in the bottom half of the inning with one run and scored two more in the bottom of the sixth to trail 7-3.

However, the Tigers scored four more runs in the top of the seventh with a leadoff double by Hayes to left center. Verlin went on to score Hayes with a single to center field for an 8-3 lead. With two on, Tarantino smashed a three-run homer over the left field fence to score Glover and Verlin and increase the Tigers lead to 11-3.

From there, the Orange and Black scored two more runs in the top of the eighth and one in the ninth to claim a 14-7 victory over the Pilots.

"It was a good team win on the road," said head coach Ryan Garko. "Offensively, we put together a lot of quality at bats one through nine. Ricky and Justin battled through the elements in the mound and kept us in the ball game. I'm really proud of this effort on a rainy night."

Verlin led the Pacific offense tying his career-high RBI with five in three hits and one run scored. Tarantino was right behind with three RBI, two runs, and one hit. The Tigers finished the night with 13 hits and 12 RBI.

On the mound, Ricky Reynoso picked up the win after pitching 6.1 innings with six strikeouts. Corbin Powers was charged with the loss after pitching 4.2 innings striking out six batters.

The Tigers look to go for the sweep against Portland on Sunday, April 29 with first pitch set for 1:00 p.m.