San Francisco knotted up its series with Pacific baseball on Friday night after a 6-3 victory at Klein Family Field.
San Francisco took an early lead and built it to two runs, but Pacific tied the game in the fifth inning when junior catcher James Free belted a two run-home run to tie the game up at 3-3. However, San Francisco score three unanswered runs in the last four innings to force a rubber match in tomorrow's series finale.
Free's homer was his sixth of the season and was an absolute moon shot. The towering homer plated two runs, which led the team. Senior Tyler Ryan had a two-hit night. He was the only Tiger with a multi-hit game.
For San Francisco, Jack Winkler went 3-5 with and RBI to lead his team and all players in hits on the night. Alex Pham was outstanding in relief for the Dons. He worked a four-inning save striking out five and didn't allow a hit. Scott Parker got the win.
San Francisco opened the scoring in the top of the first inning when the Tiger third baseman committed an error with two outs to allow two runs to score and make it 2-0.
In the bottom of the first inning, Ryan pulled a run back for the Tigers with an RBI single that scored freshman James Arakawa.
In the third inning, USF struck with two outs again, this time when Jack Emery pushed a single through the right side of the infield to score Winkler and make it 3-1.
In the top of the fourth inning, Pacific's starter, Hayden Pearce's day came to an end. He gave was to Ricky Reynoso who would go on to be charged with the loss. He allowed nine hits and struck out six Dons in five innings.
In the fifth, Free's homer knotted the game up at 3-3, but the brief tie was erased in the top of the sixth when San Francisco loaded the bases and kept the line moving with four hits and two runs to make it 5-3.
In the sixth eighth inning the Tigers committed an error that led to San Francisco's final run of the game. In total, Tiger errors contributed to half of USF's runs in the game.
Pacific can snap back tomorrow with its second-straight series win over a WCC foe with a win in the series finale. First pitch is slated for 1 p.m.