Pacific falls 10-3 to Cal Baptist

Pacific falls 10-3 to Cal Baptist

Pacific baseball dropped its fourth-straight game and the third of the series to Cal Baptist on Saturday night, 10-3.

Pacific held a 3-1 lead in the top of the third inning, but Cal Baptist pushed multiple runs across in the fourth, fifth and sixth inning to put the game out of reach. Four long balls from the Lancers, including three from Ryan Mota alone, was the story for CBU's offense. Mota went 4-4 at the plate with seven RBIs.

For the Tigers, senior Kevin Sandri went 1-3 at the plate with an RBI and sophomore Alex LeForestier was 1-4 with an RBI. Freshman outfielder James Arakawa made his second-straight start and drove in his first career RBI. Junior right-handed pitcher Ryan Shreve lost his first game of the year after allowing five earned runs on eight hits while striking out four. Junior catcher James Free reached on a single in the ninth inning to extend his hitting streak to seven games.

Cal Baptist opened the scoring in the bottom of the second inning when Mota led off the frame with a solo homer.

In the top of the third, Pacific had an answer. Senior Tyler Ryan started things off with a single and was advanced to third on back-to-back groundouts. With two outs, Sandri doubled to right field to tie the game at 1-1. Arakawa reached on an error in the next at-bat that allowed Sandri to come home to give Pacific a 2-1 lead. A single from LeForestier in the following at-bat made the score 3-1 in favor of the Tigers.

In the bottom of the fourth, Cal Baptist tied the game with back-to-back solo homers. The first came off the bat of Mota, the second came from John Glenn.

In the fifth inning, CBU took and built a lead when it scored four runs on three hits and a Tiger error to make the game 7-3.

Mota struck again in the sixth inning with a three-run homer with two outs on the board.

Cal Baptist's starter, Chris Burica, went the distance allowing six hits with three runs, one of which was earned on four strikeouts.

Pacific can salvage a win from the series tomorrow in an 11 a.m. start. The game was pushed up from 1 p.m. due to rain in the Riverside area.