Cal Baptist wins series opener, 6-0

Cal Baptist wins series opener, 6-0

Pacific baseball (9-3) suffered its first shutout loss of the season on Thursday night in the series opener against California Baptist (10-3), 6-0.

Pacific struggled to find an answer to redshirt senior Travis Booth who was outstanding in his start for the Lancers throwing eight complete innings with nine strikeouts a walk and only three hits allowed.

Cal Baptist opened the scoring in the bottom of the first inning when it put runners on with a single and a double to start the game. The inning's third batter hit a sac fly to left field to bring a run across to make it 1-0.

In the top of the fourth inning, junior catcher James Free got on with a single for Pacific's first hit of the game and his fifth-straight game with a hit.

Sweany settled in and kept the game close into the fifth when the Tigers went to the bullpen. CBU took advantage of the new pitchers when two Tigers allowed four runs off of a bunt single and a throwing error that a rune scored on. A single through the left side scored a second run and finally, a two-run homer made it a 5-0 scoreline.

Sweany was tacked with the loss, his first of the year, despite allowing only one run on five hits with a walk and six strikeouts.

A bright spot on the night was freshman right-handed pitcher Michael Defelippi, who came in to pitch in his second career game and worked two strong innings in the sixth and seventh allowing two base runners in two full innings of work and striking out one batter, the first of his career.

In the eighth inning, Pacific walked the bases full before bringing in senior Samson Abernathy to pitch. The first batter he faced hit into a fielder's choice that scored a run to make it 6-0. He worked out of the jam in the next at-bat by forcing a 4-6-3 double play to end the inning.

The loss was Pacific's first back-to-back loss of the season. This was just the first game of the four-game series. The Tigers will send out senior left-handed pitcher Ricky Reynoso in game two to face Cal Baptist's senior righty Jorge Valerio, who is 2-1 on the season with a 3.94 ERA. Tomorrow's game is set for a 6 p.m. start in Riverside.