Tigers comeback from seven-run deficit to win

Tigers comeback from seven-run deficit to win

With five innings left to play, Pacific baseball trailed 9-2 and looked to be nearing a loss in its Wednesday game at UC Davis. But, Pacific would not be denied. The Tiger offense scored nine unanswered runs to come back and win 11-9.

The Tigers put together three two-out rallies to score six runs and make it 9-8 heading to the top of the ninth when head coach Ryan Garko sent senior Tyler Ryan to the plate as a pinch hitter with runners on first and second. Ryan turned on a pitch from UC Davis' Steve Ouelette and crushed it out to deep left-center to put the Tigers on top 11-9, which would stand up as the final score.

Ryan's three-RBIs led the Tigers, juniors Keaton Glover and James Free, as well as freshman James Arakawa, all had two RBIs. Sophomore right-handed pitcher Henrik Reinertsen earned the win, his second of the year and junior pitcher Nick Swanson closed the came out in the bottom of the ninth for his second save of the season.

While the final five innings were all Pacific, the game looked to be one that UC Davis would come out on top of.

Pacific opened the scoring in the top of the first inning with a sac fly from Free that scored a run and a single from sophomore Alex LeForestier that scored the game's second run to make it a 2-0 Tiger lead. LeForestier would go on to hit 2-5 on the day with a run scored.

The scoreline stayed 2-0 until the bottom of the second when UC Davis got going. A leadoff homer and an RBI single tied the game, 2-2. An error by the Tiger first baseman in the next inning allowed a run to score and gave UC Davis the lead, 3-2.

In the bottom of the fourth inning, Davis used six hits and two Tiger errors to score five runs and blow the game wide open with an 8-2 scoreline. Pacific used three different relievers in the inning and ran out a total of nine pitchers in the game.

The Tigers answered back in the top of the fifth inning with three runs. It was the first of three two-out rallies in the game. Glover sparked the offense with a two-RBI single that scored senior Kevin Sandri and sophomore Bryce Kirk. In the next at-bat, Free singled to third to reach safely, but a throwing error on the Aggies' third baseman let Glover come around to score to make it 9-5.

The Tigers scored two more runs in the sixth inning and did so again with two outs. Arakawa continued a streak of solid performances with a two-RBI single to right center that scored Kirk and junior Grant Mona to make it 9-7. Arakawa went 1-2 at the plate with a walk and a run scored with two RBIs. He also helped gun a runner at home to end the sixth inning when he made a nice throw to LeForestier, who played third base today, and relayed the ball to the plate to end the inning and save a run.

In the eighth inning, a two-out double off of Sandri's bat scored Arakawa to make the score 9-8. In the top of the ninth inning, a walk to Free and a single by LeForestier led off the inning. With one out, Ryan crushed a three-run homer to put Pacific out front for good. 

Swanson put one runner on in the bottom of the ninth but recorded three groundball-outs to end the game and secure Pacific's 11th win of the season and its second comeback win of the year.

Pacific opens the West Coast Conference season on Friday with a three-game series at Saint Mary's.