Pacific baseball began to mount a late comeback against Loyola Marymount on Friday night in Los Angeles, but a late offensive outburst from LMU extinguished Pacific's comeback hopes in a 7-1 loss.
The Tigers got a good start out of senior left-handed pitcher Ricky Reynoso and a two-double night out of junior catcher James Free, who had the Tigers lone RBI, and a two-hit night from junior Keaton Glover but couldn't get the rest of the offense going until late in the game. A run in the top of the eighth made it a 2-1 LMU lead, but a five-run bottom half of the inning clinched the win.
Reynoso matched up with LMU's Cody Paiva who was strong in the start. He allowed just four hits to the Tigers while striking out six in a shutout seven innings. Reynoso had a solid night as well. He struck out seven and allowed five hits. He did give up two runs when LMU strung a few hits together in the bottom of the third inning, but was unscathed the remainder of the night.
Once Paiva exited in the eighth, Pacific's offense got going. In the top of the eighth inning, senior Kevin Sandri got things going when he drew a one-out walk. Sophomore Alex LeForestier got on with a single, before junior catcher James Free doubled to left to score Sandri and get the Tigers on the board and make the score 2-1. Pacific kept the inning going and eventually loaded the bases, but couldn't score another run.
In the bottom of the eighth, LMU homered once, tripled twice and scored once on a wild pitch to push five runs across in the inning and make it a 7-1 lead that the Tigers didn't come back from.
The loss was Pacific's fifth-straight. The Tigers will look to snap the losing streak on Saturday in another 6 p.m. game.