Pacific baseball took its lumps this weekend in a four-game series at Cal Baptist, but left on a high note with an 11-5 win on Sunday. The win moved Pacific to 10-5 on the season.
The Tigers scored 11 runs on 16 hits and scored a total of nine runs in the fifth, sixth and seventh inning to successfully put the game out of reach. Sophomore infielder Alex LeForestier led the charge for Pacific with a 4-5 day at the plate with three RBIs, two doubles and a walk. Senior Nate Verlin had three RBIs as well. Sophomore designated hitter Bryce Kirk had a two-rbi day and junior catcher James Free went 4-5 at the plate to extend his streak to eight games with a hit.
For Pacific's pitchers, it was a true bullpen day as freshman Elijah Birdsong made his first career start working 2.0 innings. Junior left-handed pitcher Tommy Costello got the win. He entered in the third inning and worked six full innings.
CBU and Pacific traded blows in the first three innings with each team plating one run per inning; the Tigers led 2-1 after the third.
In the fifth inning, the Tiger offense got rolling. The first three Tigers of the inning reached to load the bases. Verlin drew a two-out walk to score a run. In the next at-bat, junior Grant Mona struck out swinging, but a mistake by the Lancer catcher allowed Mona to reach and push a run home. In the next at-bat a single by Kirk made it a 5-1 Tiger lead.
In the sixth inning, Pacific sent 10 hitters to the plate and scored four runs on five hits. A hit-by-pitch and a single put two on with one out for Pacific when LeForestier drilled a double to left to score two runs and make it a 7-1 lead. Two batters later, Verlin singled up the middle to score LeForestier. A single by Mona forced the Lancers to make their second pitching change of the inning. Kirk greeted the new hurler to the game with an RBI single up the middle to make it a 9-1 lead through six innings.
In the seventh, LeForestier hit another double to score Free to make the score 10-1. Two batters later, a single from Verlin made the score 11-1.
Baptist fought back in the last three innings and attempted to chip away at the lead, but did not have enough time to make a comeback in the 11-5 loss.
Pacific's three, four, five and six hitters; Free, LeForestier, Verlin and senior Michael Ricupito combined to go 12-19 at the plate with eight RBIs.
Pacific plays again on Wednesday when the Tigers head up to UC Davis for a 2:30 game.