Tigers fall to Gonzaga in series finale, 3-0

Tigers fall to Gonzaga in series finale, 3-0

Pacific baseball (16-16, 4-8 WCC) fell in the series finale to Gonzaga (14-14, 7-5 WCC) on Sunday, 3-0. The Tigers entered the day with a chance to take the series from the defending West Coast Conference Champions, but couldn't come through.

The game was all about pitching in the series finale. Junior right-handed pitcher Ryan Shreve put together yet another quality start in the complete game. He threw all eight innings allowing five hits and three runs, all of which were earned. His counterpart, Max Lardner, was just a little bit better; Lardner threw seven scoreless innings with four hits allowed and a walk.  Alex Jacob earned a two-inning save for the Bulldogs.

On the offensive side of the game for Pacific, junior catcher James Free had another multi-hit game going 2-4 at the plate. Free put up video game numbers this week in Pacific's four road games against Gonzaga and UC Davis. For the week, he hit .462, reached base at a .611 clip, and slugged .923 and had an OPS of 1.534.

Gonzaga opened the scoring in the bottom of the second when Nick Nyquist doubled to score a runner from second. Nyquist stole third before coming home on a sac fly to make it 2-0.

Pacific got two runners on in the fifth and sixth innings, but couldn't get a runner past second. In the bottom of the sixth inning, another sac fly for Gonzaga scored their third and final run of the game.

Pacific got senior Tyler Ryan on in the bottom of the ninth inning with a single, but that was all in the final frame of the game. Gonzaga's pitching won the battle, 3-0. The two teams combined to allow only 10 hits. The Tiger defense was solid behind Shreve, it did not commit an error for the second-straight game.

The Tigers return home for a single game on Tuesday against UC Davis at 6 p.m. The Tigers can take the season series from the Aggies with a win on Tuesday. It is also $2 Tuesday; tickets, popcorn and soda all cost just $2 on Tuesday. The Tigers resume West Coast Conference play on Friday when they open a three-game series on the road against Santa Clara.