After picking up its first West Coast Conference win of the 2019 season on Sunday, Pacific returns home looking to improve to 9-2 at Klein Family Field with two wins in two days over Air Force. Rain is predicted in the forecast for both days, so please keep up with the Tigers on social media, @PacificBaseball and right here on PacificTigers.com for any and all updates.
Tuesday, March 26, 2019
Air Force at Pacific | 6:00 p.m. PST
Venue: Klein Family Field
Weather: 50-70% chance of rain through the day, but diminishes nearing first pitch | High of 65, Low of 54
Video (TheW.Tv): https://wccsports.com/watch/?id=164917
Live stats (Provided by Pacific): http://stats.statbroadcast.com/broadcast/?id=244140
Wednesday, March 27, 2019
Air Force at Pacific | 3:30 p.m. PST
Venue: Klein Family Field
Weather: 90% chance of thunderstorms during the day, Showers late in the day | High of 65, Low of 46
Video (TheW.Tv): https://wccsports.com/watch/?id=165086
Live stats (Provided by Pacific): http://stats.statbroadcast.com/broadcast/?id=244141
(Air Force) Zach Argo | RHP | Fr. | 1-0 | 3.38 ERA | 13.1 IP | 13 K's vs. (Pacific) Tommy Costello | Jr. | LHP | 2-2 | 6.86 ERA | 21.0 IP | 20 K's
(Air Force) TBD vs. (Pacific) Elijah Birdsong | Fr. | RHP | 0-1 | 6.75 ERA | 8.0 IP | 8 K's
Last time out...
Pacific picked up its first West Coast Conference win of the season on Saturday over Loyola Marymount, 5-2 behind a near no-hitter from Ryan Shreve. However, the Tigers dropped the other two games of the weekend including a 6-5 loss in extra innings on Saturday.
On a tear...
Junior catcher James Free leads the Tigers in batting average at .385, RBIs with 16, on-base percentage at .444, doubles with nine and hits with 35. His 35 hits are good for 44th in the nation. He is also in top-100 in batting average, doubles per game and hits per game. His 4 sac flies lead the WCC and is 11th in the nation.
Sophomores step up...
In Pacific's last 12 games sophomores, Alex LeForestier and Bryce Kirk have stepped into roles to lead the Tiger offense. Both are hitting in the middle of the order when they start and both are hitting better than .300. LeForestier's10 RBIs in the stretch leads the Tigers and Kirk is hitting .304 with three RBIs.
Five Tigers that have pitched in at least 5.0 innings this year boast an ERA under 3.00. Junior Nick Swanson hasn't allowed an earned run in 13.2 innings of work from the pen. He's got three saves. Henrik Reinertsen's 1.42 ERA through 12.2 innings of work also comes from the bullpen. Hayden Pearce has started four games and has a 1.20 ERA. Ryan Shreve's dominance out the mound has led to a 2.20 ERA in a team-leading 41.0 innings of work. Freshman Michael Defelippi's work from the pen has been limited, but he boasts a 2.84 ERA in 6.1 innings.
A tale of two outs...
Two out situations have both hurt and helped the Tigers so far this year. On the offensive side, Pacific has scored a combined total of 31 runs on 24 separate two-out occasions.
Defensively, the Tigers have allowed 45 runs in 20 separate two-out occasions.
Happy to be home...
Pacific is 7-2 this year at Klein Family Field. A win on Tuesday over Air Force will be Pacific's first win in a mid-week game at home.
Garko Era: Year Two...
Pacific head coach and former major-leaguer, Ryan Garko, enters his second season at the helm of the program this year. He and his staff helped guide the Tigers to a four-win improvement overall and a five-win improvement in West Coast Conference play. 2019 ushers in a new season as well as Garko's first recruiting class, which looks to make a mark this season.
Scouting the Falcons...
Air Force has gotten limited playing time this year due to snow at their home facility; In total, they've had six games canceled or postponed this year. Currently, the Falcons are riding a five-game skid that dates back to March 19 when the team dropped back-to-back games at Nebraska. They went on to be swept by Dallas Baptist this past weekend and closed the weekend out with a 30-7 drubbing at home.
The Falcons are led by Nic Ready, who has 14 RBIs, two triples, nine doubles and two home runs with a .325 batting average.
Pacific may have to contend with a strong pitcher out of the bullpen this week in Nathan Price. He has a 1.42 ERA in 19.0 innings pitched.