In a wild night at Klein Family Field, Pacific baseball used an 11-run bottom of the fourth inning to erase and overcome an early six-run deficit on its way to a 13-8 victory over UC Davis on Tuesday night. The win clinched the season series over the Aggies two games to one.
Freshman James Arakawa was the catalyst for the Tigers in the comeback. The outfielder went 3-4 on the night with three runs scored a walk and an RBI. Sophomore infielder Alex LeForestier was 2-4 with three RBI and a walk. Junior outfielder Keaton Glover had a two-RBI night with two hits and a run scored.
The night started off for the Tigers as a rocky one. Pacific pitching allowed six runs in the first three and a half innings off of six hits, an error, two walks and a hit-by-pitch. Offensively, it looked to be a repeat of last Tuesday's game at Davis in which the Tigers couldn't figure out the Aggie pitchers, but things changed drastically in the bottom of the fourth.
Arakawa led off the inning for the Tigers and got things going with the team's first hit of the night in the inning's first at-bat. Two batters later, LeForestier ripped a double that scored Arakawa to make it 6-1. Back-to-back hit by pitches loaded the bases and then a balk scored another run for the Tigers making it 6-2. Senior Nate Verlin singled in the next at-bat to make it 6-3. A bunt later from senior Kevin Sandri scored fellow senior Tyler Ryan to make it 6-4 with 1 out. Two batters later, Glover chopped a double down the left field line that scored two and tied the game at 6-6. In the following at-bat, Arakawa, who hit for the second time in the inning, put the Tigers on top 7-6 with a single into left field. A two-RBI double from LeForestier extended the Tiger lead to 9-6 and another balk and a wild pitch allowed another two runs to score to make it 11-6.
By the time the inning was finally over, Pacific had scored 11 runs off of eight hits16 Tigers came to the plate and they faced three different Aggie pitchers which helped out with two balks, two hit by pitches and a walk. There was also an Aggie error late in the inning, but no runs scored following it.
The Tigers scored again in the bottom of the sixth inning when sophomore infielder Grant Mona hit a single to left that scored Sandri to make the score 12-6.
Davis got a run in the top of the seventh inning, but Arakawa erased it when he reached with a walk and eventually scored off of two consecutive wild pitches to come home and score.
UC Davis scored again in the bottom of the eighth inning, which closed the scoring at 13-8.
Junior right-handed pitcher Daniel Vitoria got his first career win in the game. He was one of eight pitchers to work in the game for the Tigers. Junior Joseph Standley pitched well in the winning working two full hitless innings in which he struck out four batters. Junior Nick Swanson allowed a hit in the ninth inning but struck out the side to end the game in a non-save situation.
The win not only clinched the season series for the Tigers, but also was the second come from behind win over UC Davis this year. On February 13, the Tigers trailed 9-2 through four innings at Davis before eventually coming back to win 11-9.
Pacific is back in action this weekend when the Tigers hit the road to face Santa Clara in three games starting on Friday in the continuation of West Coast Conference play.