Pacific baseball rolled to its fifth-straight win 13-6 over San Francisco in the series opener on Friday night at Klein Family Field behind another big offensive night.
The Tigers were dealt with a tough opposing starter in Riley Ornido who entered the game with a 0.96 ERA on the season but jumped on him early to overpower the Don ace and hand him his second-shortest start of the year. Offensively the Tigers pushed across 13 runs tying a season high. It was the third time in the last six games that Pacific has scored 13 runs.
Individually, Keaton Glover led the way with a four-RBI night, a new single-game best for the junior outfielder. He belted his first homer of the year, a three-run shot to close out the scoring on the night. Sophomore Grant Mona went 4-5 with two RBIs and two runs scored. Freshman outfielder James Arakawa had three hits and two RBIs as well.
Sophomore Lucas Sweany notched the win, his first of the year. He struck out five and allowed six hits. Freshman Elijah Birdsong worked an inning and a third in relief with no hits and two strikeouts.
In the bottom of the second, the Tigers opened the scoring when Arakawa started the game off with a single. Glover reached on an error and sophomore infielder Alex LeForestier was walked intentionally to load the bases. Kirk capitalized and pushed two runs home with a single to right to make it Glover and Arakawa and make it 2-0.
In the fourth, Arakawa got on again ahead of Glover who scored him with a triple off the tall wall in left field to make it 3-0 Pacific. Junior catcher James Free pushed a ball through the right Mside of the infield to score Glover and make it 4-0.
San Francisco got its first run with a no-doubter home run from Jack Winkler to make it 4-1.
The three-run margin didn't last long. Pacific answered by loading the bases with one out which allowed sophomore infielder Wyatt Hoffman to single up the middle to score senior infielder Kevin Sandri to make it 5-1. In the next at-bat, Arakawa punched a two-run double into left field to score Mona and senior outfielder Tyler Ryan to make it 6-1.
Mona would hit a two-run single in the sixth inning to extend the Tiger lead to score Sandri and Kirk. Mona's four hits are a new single-game high and his two RBIs tied his most in a game.
In the seventh inning, San Francisco got another run to make it 9-2.
In the eighth inning, Glover belted his three-run homer to close the scoring for Pacific at 13.
San Francisco crept closer with a four-run inning in the top of the ninth that was helped out by two Tiger errors, but they were unable to come all the way back.
Pacific continues the series tomorrow with San Francisco in a 6 p.m. game at Klein Family Field.