Pacific baseball dropped a tough one on Saturday night in Los Angeles to Loyola Marymount by the score of 6-5 following a walk-off single in the bottom of the 11th.
The Tigers led 5-1 entering the seventh inning, but a late charge from LMU with the help of two late-inning errors and a defensive miscue that led to three runs in the eighth inning did in the Tigers.
On the offensive side of the game for Pacific, junior James Free had a 2-4 night with a double, an RBI and a run scored. He was also walked twice. Sophomore infielder Alex LeForestier went 2-5 with an RBI. Freshman outfielder Ben Nemivant had an RBI triple in the game.
In the bottom of the third inning, the Lions opened the scoring when a pitching a defensive miscue allowed an LMU baserunner to advance from second to third and eventually come home on an errant pickoff throw.
In the top of the fifth, Pacific's offense got going with two outs. A single from senior infielder Kevin Sandri put a runner on then a double from free scored him to tie the game at 1-1. In the next at-bat, sophomore Alex LeForestier singled into left field to score Free and give the Tigers a 2-1 lead.
In the sixth, Pacific's offense kept the line moving when it scored three times off of four hits. Freshman outfielder Ben Nemivant tripled to left center to score junior Keaton Glover to make it 3-1. In the next at-bat, a single from freshman James Arakawa scored Nemivant to make it 4-1. Two hitters later, junior Carter Hayes doubled to right field to score Arakawa and make it a 5-1 game.
In the bottom of the seventh, a single scored a run for LMU to make it 5-2. Then in the eighth inning, junior pitcher Nick Swanson got the first out of the inning before committing an error trying to catch a runner at second base. He would go on to strike out a batter before a defensive miscue in left field allowed a ball to drop in for a hit that scored three runs.
It would stay 5-5 until the bottom of the 11th inning when LMU's leadoff hitter reached by way of an error and advanced to second. Pacific's pitcher, senior Samson Abernathy would get a strikeout and a groundout that moved the runner over to third. A two-out single to left center scored the run from third to end the game at 6-5.
The win was LMU's eighth-straight and the loss was Pacific's seventh-straight. The Tigers can snap both streaks tomorrow with a win in the series finale at 1 p.m. in Los Angeles. Junior right-handed pitcher Ryan Shreve will get the start for the Tigers.