Pacific baseball rode a stellar start from junior right-handed pitcher Ryan Shreve to a 5-2 victory over Loyola Marymount on Sunday in the series finale.
Shreve carried a no-hit bid into the eighth inning and only allowed two hits in his first career complete game while striking out five Lions in the win. Just one of the two runs that scored in the game went down as earned against him. On the offensive side, Pacific senior shortstop Kevin Sandri had a great day going 4-5 at the plate with two RBIs. Freshman outfielder James Arakawa went 3-4 with two RBIs as well; he also had two runs scored.
The win snapped a seven-game losing streak for the Tigers and put an end to LMU's eight-game win streak.
Shreve was unhittable to start the game. He retired the first 13 batters he faced before finally putting one on with a hit-by-pitch in the bottom of the fifth inning.
Pacific's offense got going in the third inning when Arakawa roped a one-out single into left field. Three batters later, with Arakawa standing at second, Sandri singled to right field to score him and give Pacific an early 1-0 lead.
In the fifth inning, with runners on first and third, junior outfielder Keaton Glover dropped down a sac bunt to score Arakawa from third and move sophomore infielder Wyatt Hoffman over to second. In the next at-bat, Sandri singled through the middle of the infield to score Hoffman and make it 3-0 Tiger lead.
In the top of the sixth inning, sophomore infielder Alex LeForestier drew a leadoff walk and senior Nate Verlin got on with a hit by pitch. Arakawa ended the inning with a single that scored Verlin and LeForestier to make it 3-1. Arakawa was thrown at bat second trying to stretch the single.
In the bottom of the sixth, LMU got on the board when an error on the Tiger defense allowed a runner to get on. He would eventually come around to score on back-to-back ground outs to make it a 5-1 Pacific lead.
In the eighth inning, Shreve finally allowed his first hit of the game, a leadoff single to Alex Lambeau. Another Lion would single in the next at-bat to move Lambeau to third and in the next at-bat, he would come around to score to make it a 5-2 Tiger lead.
Pacific will look to build on its win today with two mid-week games this week against the Air Force Academy on Tuesday and Wednesday. Tuesday's game is slated to start at 6 p.m. while Wedensday's starts at 3:30.