Pacific falls to USF in series finale 9-4

Pacific falls to USF in series finale 9-4

Pacific baseball dropped the series finale to San Francisco today, 9-4 after a day in which the Dons built an early lead at Klein Family Field.

The Tigers allowed three runs in the top of the first and were able to cut the lead down to one run in the second inning, but the Dons put together six unanswered runs to win the series against the Tigers.

Freshman James Arakawa continued a stretch of games in which he's hit very well with a 3-5 day with a run scored and an RBI. He's got his average up over .312 now thanks to his second three-hit game of the weekend as his makes his case for WCC All-Freshman honors. Senior Kevin Sandri had a multi-hit game as well. He went 2-4 with a run scored. Senior Bradley Jekich had a two RBI day.

San Francisco got things going in the top of the first inning when it scored three runs with two outs to make it 3-0.

In the bottom of the second inning, Senior Tyler Ryan got things going with a walk and Sandri got on with a single. Two batters later, senior Bradley Jekich came in to pinch hit and looped a single over the head of the third baseman to score Ryan and Sandri to make it 3-2.

San Francisco answered in the next half-inning with an RBI double and RBI single to make it 5-2. The two-out double ended Pacific's starter, Ryan Shreve's day.

In the fourth, Jonathan Allen hit a three-run home run to make the score 8-2 and moved to 9-2 with another run in the seventh inning.

The Tigers struggled to get things going in the final innings, but were able to push across a couple of runs in the ninth. Freshman Jeremy Lea got the Tigers started in the ninth with pinch hit-triple which was nearly his second homer of the season. The ball careened off of Klein Family Field's tall left field wall for his first career triple. In the next at-bat, James Arakawa singled up the middle to make the score 9-3 with Lea's run scored. Two at-bats later, junior catcher James Free singled to right field to score Arakawa from second to close out the scoring at 9-4.

Pacific's season continues on Tuesday when the Tigers head to Fresno State for a 6 p.m. game with the Bulldogs before hosting BYU for another Thursday, Friday and Saturday series at Klein Family Field.