Pacific baseball and Saint Mary's were locked in a shutout duel on Saturday in Moraga, but a bases-loaded single in the bottom of the 10th inning ended Pacific's opportunity to even the WCC opening series with Saint Mary's at 1-1.
Pacific went up against one of the nation's top hurlers in Ken Waldichuk, who was an All-American last year and a Preseason All-American this year. Waldichuk tossed a full nine innings allowing only three hits and a walk to the Tiger hitters. He struck out nine in the game. While Pacific was working on a solution to Waldichuk, its pitcher, junior righty Ryan Shreve was doing his best to match him.
Shreve tossed seven full innings of five-hit ball and walked just one Gael while striking out five. When Shreve's day was done, his bullpen had his back. Junior Nick Swanson entered and tossed two innings of two-hit ball to the Gaels in the eighth and ninth.
In the fifth inning, the Gaels nearly opened the scoring. Three-straight one-out singles loaded the bases and put pressure on Shreve. His defense had his back. A 6-4-3 double play ended the inning and kept the game scoreless.
In the bottom of the 10th, Saint Mary's loaded the bases again, but the Tiger defense couldn't come up with the same result. Henrik Reinerstsen gave up a long single to the wall in right-center that allowed the runner from third to score and end the game.
Sophomore left-handed pitcher Lucas Sweany was saddled with the loss, his first of the year. Sweany allowed back-to-back walks to open the inning. Reinertsen allowed a third before giving up the final hit.
Pacific looks to close out the series with a win tomorrow against the Gaels in Moraga in a 1 p.m. start.