Pacific baseball wrapped up the series sweep over Santa Clara today with a 1-0 win, but that was just a footnote in a day that was owned by Pacific's pitcher.
Junior pitcher Ryan Shreve threw the fourth no-hitter in Pacific baseball history on Sunday. He faced 28 batters and retired 27 only allowing a hit-by-pitch in the fourth inning to get on base. Shreve retired the final 16 batters of the game and recorded a career-high nine strikeouts on his way to the historic day.
Shreve's no-no was the first for a Tiger pitcher since D.J. Houlton tossed one on May 11, 2001, in an 8-0 win over UC Riverside. It was just the third no-hitter in a nine-inning game for the Tigers. Houlton went on to pitch two seasons in the Majors with the Dodgers before moving on to pitch in Japan and Korea until 2014.
Shreve came near a no-hitter earlier this year when the Tigers played Loyola Marymount, he allowed just two hits in that one which the Tigers won 5-2. It was also his third complete game of the season.
Since WCC play has started, Shreve has pitched in five games and worked 37.0 innings and allowed a combined 17 hits and struck out 22 batters. Three of those five games were completed by Shreve.
Pacific scored the game's only run in the top of the second inning when sophomore Alex LeForestier got on with a leadoff walk. Senior Tyler Ryan doubled to move LeForestier to third and he eventually came home to score when senior Kevin Sandri grounded out to the shortstop to score LeForestier.
After the second, the game was all Ryan Shreve. He carried his team to the 1-0 win with a masterful performance on the mound that not-only clinched Pacific its 20th win of the season, but its first WCC series sweep since 2016 when the Tigers went on the road and swept Portland in a three-game series. It was only the third WCC sweep for the Tigers since joining the league in 2014. Pacific swept Chicago State to open the season back in February.
The Tigers are back at home next weekend to continue WCC play in a three-game series against San Francisco that begins on Thursday.