STOCKTON, Calif. – Bradley Jekich led the University of the Pacific baseball team to a 10-5 victory over San Jose State University Tuesday night. Jekich tallied a career high four RBI and his first career home run in the Tiger uniform.
Pacific improves to 18-25 on the season, while the Spartans fall to 19-23 overall.
San Jose State got out to a quick 3-0 lead in the top of the third inning but the Tigers answered back in the bottom half of the inning with five runs to take a 5-3 lead.
Kevin Sandri led off the inning with a single to right center, while Keaton Glover reached on an error by the Spartan defense with a sacrifice bunt which allowed Sandri to reach second. Matthew Tarantino followed suit with a sacrifice bunt to third base for the first out but pushed Sandri and Glover to scoring position.
SJSU was forced to make a pitching change but it did not slow down the Tiger offense. Alex LeForestier scored Sandri on a ground out to trail 3-1. James Free II singled up the middle to score Glover to trail by one at 3-2.
From there, Lucas Halstead doubled to center field to put Free at third. With runners on second and third, Jekich smashed an inside the park 3-run homer to give Pacific the 5-3 lead.
San Jose State came back and tied it in the top of the fifth but the Tigers scored four in the bottom of the fifth to take the lead back and claim the victory, 10-5.
Pacific tallied 12 hits and 10 RBI on the night against just eight hits by the Spartans.
Jekich led the Pacific offense with four RBI, three hits, and two runs. Halstead tallied three hits and two runs while Sandri had two hits with one run. Bryce Kirk got his first collegiate notching one run, one hit, and one RBI. Free, LeForestier, and Tarantino each combined for the other three hits on the Tiger offense.
On the mound, Lucas Sweany picked up his first career win after pitching 2.2 innings giving up no hits, no runs, and struck out one batter. Zach Wallace was charged with the loss after pitching 1.1 innings and giving up four runs.
The Tigers return to action for their final home series against Santa Clara University on Friday, May 4 through Sunday, May 6. First pitch is set for 6:00 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 1:00 p.m. on Sunday.