Tigers set to open season with Chicago State

Tigers set to open season with Chicago State

With spring rapidly approaching, Pacific baseball is back with its first three games of the season this weekend at Klein Family Field as the Tigers host Chicago State this weekend on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The meeting will be the first between the two programs.

Head coach Ryan Garko enters season number two at the helm looking for the team's second-straight year with an improved record and can begin by taking steps towards that this weekend against a team that only won two games on the road in 2018.

This weekend's forecast contains rain for the Stockton area and game times are subject to change for the weekend. Friday's game has already been moved up to a 4:00 p.m. start and Sunday is now a 10:00 a.m. game instead of the originally scheduled start time. Keep up with the Tigers on social media, @PacificBaseball, and on PacificTigers.com for any changes in scheduling or potential cancellations.


SERIES INFO...

Friday, February 15, 2019

Chicago State at Pacific | 4:00 p.m. PST

Venue: Klein Family Field

Weather: Rain, 80% chance | High of 52, Low of 44

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Live stats (Provided by Pacific)

Saturday, February 16, 2019

Chicago State at Pacific | 1:00 p.m. PST

Venue: Klein Family Field

Weather: Rain, 70% chance | High of 55, Low of 36

Video (theW.tv)

Live Stats (Provided by Pacific)

Sunday, February 17, 2019

Chicago State at Pacific | 10:00 a.m. PST

Venue: Klein Family Field

Weather: Partly Cloudy (20% chance of precipitation) | High of 54, Low of 34

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Live Stats (Provided by Pacific)


PROJECTED PITCHERS...

Game One | (Chicago State) Rodny Valdez, Jr., LHP (2018 stats: - ERA, - record, - K's, - BB, - IP) vs. (Pacific)  Ricky Reynoso, Sr., LHP (2018 Stats: 4.89 ERA, 5-3 record, 51 K's, 29 BB, 73.2 IP)

Game Two | (Chicago State) Vinnie Venturi, So., LHP (2018 Stats: - ERA, - record, - K's, - BB, - IP) vs. (Pacific) Ryan Shreve, Jr., RHP (2018 Stats: 4.04 ERA, 3-3 record, 36 K's, 12 BB, 35.2 IP)

Game Three | (Chicago State) Edward Kang, Sr., RHP (2018 Stats: 9.77 ERA,  2-6 record, 18 K's, 35 BB, 35.0 IP) vs. (Pacific) Tommy Costello, Jr., LHP (2018 Stats: - ERA,  - record, - K's, - BB, - IP)


SERIES NOTES...

Looking at 2018...

Pacific went 22-29 and 11-16 last season but wrapped up the year on a high note by winning three of its final five games, all fo which came on the road. The Tigers went 1-1 in the season's final non-conference series at PAC-12 school, Arizona State before winning the final series of the year at BYU 2-1.

Garko Era: Year Two...

Pacific head coach and former major-leaguer, Ryan Garko, enters his second season at the helm of the program this year. He and his staff helped guide the Tigers to a four-win improvement overall and a five-win improvement in West Coast Conference play. 2019 ushers in a new season as well as Garko's first recruiting class, which looks to make a mark this season.

Free-peat... 

Junior catcher James Free II was named as a West Coast Conference Preseason Team member last week. He is coming off of a season in which he hit .283 with seven homers and 28 RBI. He will look to repeat as an All-WCC Postseason selection again this year.

Taking the hill...

Pacific lost two pitchers to the professional ranks last year in Shelby Lackey, who was drafted by the Rockies, and Cooper Casad, who signed a free agent deal with the Giants following the completion of his senior year. Plenty of experience returns for 2019 with seven pitchers that appeared in games back.

Big Bats Back...

Seven Tigers hit at least .270 last year. Six of them return this season. Sophomore Alex LeForestier, Sophomore Bryce Kirk and senior Kevin Sandri all hit better than .300 a year ago and all return for 2019. Free led the team in home runs and tied for the lead in RBIs. Senior outfielder Bradley Jekich slapped 11 doubles last year, he returns as well as his .386 on-base percentage.

Scouting the Cougars...

Pacific's opening-weekend opponent brings with it an opportunity for three wins. Chicago State went 13-41 in 2018 and struggled on the road with a 2-30 record. Leading hitter, Tyler Lowe, is back for his senior season. He hit .376 with 8 homers and 41 RBIs a season ago. Six pitchers return to the staff this season, but none of them had an ERA below 6.00 in 2018. Chicago State's projected starters bring with them the factor of the unknown. Rodny Valdez and Vinnie Venturi will both make their collegiate debuts in game one and two.

Series history with Chicago State...

  • Last meeting: N/A
  • First meeting: N/A
  • Last Tiger win: N/A
  • Last Cougar win: N/A
  • Biggest Tiger win: N/A
  • Largest Tiger loss: N/A