Tigers even series with Pepperdine

Tigers even series with Pepperdine

Pacific baseball trailed 2-0 through three and a half innings but scored three unanswered runs to even the series with Pepperdine at 1-1.

The Tigers put together a clean game defensively and laced seven hits while its pitchers didn't give up a single free base to complete a 3-2 come-from-behind win over Pepperdine at Klein Family Field on Saturday night. It was the Tigers first game without an error since March 17.

Offensively, freshman James Arakawa and junior Carter Hayes both had RBIs while junior catcher James Free ripped the game-winning RBI single in the bottom of the seventh, it was the 101st RBI of his career. Pacific used three pitchers on the night, two of which sophomore Lucas Sweany and Nick Swanson didn't allow any runs. Sweany got the win, his first of the season while Swanson picked up his fifth save, which moved him into a tie for eighth on Pacific's single-season record book. He's already in the top-20 in Pacific's career-record book for saves and he's in just his first season as a Tiger.

Pepperdine opened the scoring when back-to-back one-out singles threatened Pacific's starter, sophomore Hayden Pearce. A sac fly allowed one run to score, and Pearce was out of the inning in the following at-bat.

In the top of the fourth inning, a one-out triple to right put a runner into scoring position. It scored in the next at-bat when a single up the middle pushed the runner home. Pearce retired back-to-back out to get out of the inning.

In the bottom of the fourth, Pacific's offense got going and equalized. Sophomore infielder Alex LeForestier singled to start the inning and senior Tyler Ryan roped a double to left to put runners in scoring position with no outs. Carter Hayes grounded out to score LeForestier and make it 2-1. Arakawa then dropped down a bunt that he reached safely on to score Ryan to tie the game at 2-2. 

In the bottom of the second inning, a hit-by-pitch to senior outfielder Bradley Jekich and a walk to sophomore infielder Wyatt Hoffman got runners on and into scoring position with no outs. Three at-bats later, junior catcher James Free roped a single into center to score Jekich who beat the throw home to put the Tigers up and score the game-winning run.

Pacific looks to make it two-straight in the rubber match tomorrow against the Waves in a 1 p.m. start. the Tigers will win their first West Coast Conference series of the season with a win.