Pacific baseball took a tough loss in 15 innings tonight at California Baptist, 3-2.
Pacific's pitching was outstanding in the marathon 15-inning-game, but the Lancers was just a little bit better. The two teams held each other scoreless from the fourth inning up until the 15th when a two-out RBI double ended Pacific's chance at a momentum building road win.
Pacific's pitching was stellar in the loss. The Tigers used four pitchers which combined to allow just nine hits and three runs while striking out 16 batters. Senior left-handed pitcher Ricky Reynoso went seven full innings striking out 10 Lancers and walking only one. He allowed only two hits. Sophomore right-handed pitchers Henrik Reinertsen and Nick Swanson combined to work 6.2 innings with four hits allowed and five strikeouts. Reinertsen gave up just one hit in 3.1 innings. Sophomore Joseph Standley was saddled with the loss, his first of the year, after allowing two hits and a run in the final inning.
Cal Baptist opened the scoring in the bottom of the third inning when Reynoso allowed the first three batters of the inning to reach base. Luke Navigato hit into a fielder's choice to score the game's first run. In the next at-bat, Reynoso struck out the batter at home, but an attempted double steal worked in CBU's advantage when the runner at home was called safe on obstruction by the umpire.
The lead didn't last long. Senior Kevin Sandri reached as the inning's leadoff hitter with a walk and was moved over on a groundout and a wild pitch. Sandri went 3-5 at the plate with a run scored on the evening. With one out, senior Nate Verlin drove a single to right to make the score 2-1. A single from junior catcher James Free extended his hitting streak to six games. With runners on the corners and one out, sophomore Alex LeForestier dropped down a bunt to score Verlin and tie the game at 2-2.
While neither team would score for the next 11 innings, Pacific got runners on in the 11th, 12th 13th, 14th and 15th inning, but each time failed to bring a runner home.
In the bottom of the 15th inning, Chad Castillo hit a leadoff single. Standley got the first out of the inning with a groundout that was able to advance Castillo to second and got the inning's second out with a strikeout. Billy Rockefeller walked the Lancers off in the 15th with a double that scored Castillo to win the game.
Pacific will be back at it with the Lancers tomorrow in a 5 p.m. start. The Tigers can split the series with CBU by winning the last two games.