Tigers take on Sacramento State in four-game series

Tigers take on Sacramento State in four-game series

Pacific baseball is halfway through a stretch of eight games in eight days, and so far are a perfect 4-0 through it and will look to continue their outstanding start to the season this weekend with a home and home series against Sacramento State. Pacific hosts the Hornets in the first two games of the series on Thursday and Friday and will head to Sacramento on Saturday and Sunday to wrap up the series. A win for Pacific on Thursday in the series opener will clinch the first 5-0 start to a season in program history.


SERIES INFO...

Thursday, February 21, 2019

Sacramento State at Pacific | 6:00 p.m. PST

Venue: Klein Family Field

Weather: Windy, 10% chance of precipitation | High of 57, Low of 32

Video (theW.tv)

Live stats (Provided by Pacific)

Friday, February 22, 2019

Sacramento State at Pacific | 6:00 p.m. PST

Venue: Klein Family Field

Weather: Mostly sunny | High of 58, Low of 35

Video (theW.tv)

Live Stats (Provided by Pacific)

Saturday, February 23, 2019

Pacific at Sacramento State | 6:00 p.m. PST

Venue: John Smith Field

Weather: Partly Cloudy | High of 59, Low of 43

Video (WAC Digital Network)

Live Stats (Provided by Sacramento State)

Sunday, February 24, 2019

Pacific at Sacramento State | 2:00 p.m. PST

Venue: John Smith Field

Weather: Partly cloudy high of 60, Low of 48


PROJECTED PITCHERS...

Game One | (Sacramento State) Travis Adams | Fr. | RHP (0-0, 0.00 ERA, 0.1 IP, 0 K's, 0 BB) vs. (Pacific) Lucas Sweany | So. | LHP (0-0, 0.00 ERA, 3.0 IP, 3 K's, 0 BB)

Game Two | (Sacramento State) Parker Brahms | Jr. | RHP (0-1, 5.40 ERA, 5.0 IP, 8 K's, 1 BB) vs. (Pacific) Ricky Reynoso | Sr. | LHP (1-0, 1.50 ERA, 6.0 IP, 10 K's, 2 BB)

Game Three | (Pacific) Ryan Shreve | Jr. | RHP (1-0, 0.00 ERA, 8.0 IP, 8 K's, 1 BB) vs. (Sacramento State) Scott Randall | So. | RHP (0-0, 0.00 ERA, 6.0 IP, 7 K's, 1 BB)

Game Four | (Pacific) Tommy Costello | Jr. | LHP (1-0, 0.00 ERA, 5.0 IP, 6 K's, 1 BB) vs. (Sacramento State) Austin Roberts | Jr. | RHP (1-0, 1.29 ERA, 7.0 IP., 13 K's, 2 BB)


GAME NOTES...

Last time out...

On Tuesday night, Pacific cruised to its fourth-straight win over San Jose State on Tuesday, 8-1. The win came in Pacific's first road game of the season. Pacific's pitching was lights out with Hayden Baker earning the win and Baker, Elijah Birdsong and Joseph Standley combined to strike out eight batters.

 

Best start ever?

With the win on Tuesday, Pacific clinched its first 4-0 start to a season since the 1983 season. A win on Thursday in the season opener against Sacramento State will make it the first time that the Tigers have ever started a season 5-0.

 

Mona is Money...

Grant Mona's first five games at Pacific have been great for the junior infielder. He leads the team in RBIs with six, which is good for fourth in the West Coast Conference. He also leads the team in batting average at .429.

 

High production...

Through four games, the Tigers have scored 28 runs already, a mark that the team did not reach until the 7th game of the season. Pacific is outscoring its opponents 28-7 so far. 

 

Lights out... 

Pacific's pitching has been a huge factor in the team's 4-0 start. Its starters notched victories in each game and the staff boasts an ERA of 1.75. Eight pitchers that have tossed at least a full inning currently hold an ERA of 0.00.

 

Sandri's stellar day...

In Sunday's series finale against Chicago State, Sandri tripled twice in the game, a feat the no Tiger has accomplished since 2004.  The two three-baggers came in back-to-back innings with Sandri leading off. He is hitting .455 with three extra-base hits to start the season.

 

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.

 

Scouting the Hornets...

Sacramento State has put together seven-straight 30-win seasons coming into 2019 and has starter 2-1 this year after taking the last two games of their season-opening series against North Dakota State. Looking to this weekend, Pacific will have to find an answer for three hitters boasting averages over .350 in freshman catcher Martin Vincelli-Simard, senior outfielder Bronson Grubbs and junior outfielder Matt Smith.

 

Series history with Sacramento State...

  • All-time record: Sacramento State leads 64-63
  • Last meeting: 2018; Pacific won 14-7
  • First meeting: 1967; Sacramento State won 5-3
  • Last Tiger win: 2018; Pacific won 14-7
  • Last Hornet win: 2018; 9-2
  • Biggest Tiger win: 1997; 20-3
  • Largest Tiger loss: 1998; 23-9