Pacific falls to Fresno State, 11-3

Pacific falls to Fresno State, 11-3

Pacific baseball went on the road to Fresno State on Tuesday night and fell 11-3, falling to 0-2 against the Mountain West's first-place team this year.

Fresno State's offense came out of the gate strong to start the game scoring 10 runs in the first three innings. Pacific's offense did its best to keep up putting together eight hits in the first five innings but was only able to get two runs across.

Offensively, sophomore infielder Alex LeForestier had a solid night for the Tigers going 2-4 with an RBI, a run scored and a walk in the game. Sophomore designated hitter Bryce Kirk also had an RBI in a 2-5 night. Senior Nate Verlin came in as a pinch hitter and went 2-2 with a run scored. Junior outfielder Keaton Glover had an RBI as well.

Pacific's pitching got hit around in the early innings as the Tigers sent five pitchers to the mound in the first three innings, but the Tigers got solid late-inning work out of Juniors David Rajeski, Josh Winkler and sophomore Joe Solomon who combined to allow just four hits and a walk in 4.1 innings of work.

In the bottom of the first, Pacific nearly worked out of a two-on jam in the bottom of the first inning following a run-down between third and home, but a single scored two runs to get Fresno State on the board.

In the top of the second inning, the Tigers had a chance to get multiple runs in the top of the second when senior Tyler Ryan led off with a single. Back-to-back Tigers reached on hit-by-pitches to load the bases with no out. Two batters later, Glover hit into a fielder's choice to score senior Kevin Sandri, but that's all the Tigers would get from the opportunity.

Fresno State put up four runs in the bottom half of the frame to make it 6-1.

In the top of the third inning, LeForestier led off with a single to get the leadoff hitter on with a hit for the third inning in a row. Two batters later, Kirk singled through the right side of the infield to make it 6-2. Two Tigers were stranded in the inning.

In the bottom of the third inning, Fresno State scored four more runs off of three hits and a passed ball to make the score 10-2. Rajeski entered to pitch for the Tigers and brought some stability. He retired the last two hitters in the third inning and He struck out the first batter he faced in the fourth and then got help from his defense to get out of the inning with a 6-4-3 double play two-at-bats later.

In the fifth inning, Winkler allowed a single, but retired the side and capped off the inning with his first career strikeout.

In the sixth inning, Solomon took over on the mound and worked his best outing of the season so far tossing two complete innings, striking out three and allowing three base runners with a walk a hit and a hit-by-pitch.

In the top of the eighth inning, senior Nate Verlin led off with a single and three hitters later, Alex LeForestier singled to score Verlin and made the score 10-3, however, a solo home run in the bottom of the inning for Fresno State closed out the scoring and made it 11-3.

The Tigers return to Klein Family Field this weekend for a series with BYU that starts on Thursday and ends on Saturday.