Pacific baseball (21-22, 8-13 WCC) lost in the series finale to BYU (29-10, 13-5 WCC) today, 5-0 in what turned into a sweep for the Cougars and the sixth straight loss for the Tigers.
Pacific kept the game close with BYU for most of it thanks to a strong start from its ace, junior right-handed pitcher Ryan Shreve, who struck out five and allowed five hits and three earned in the high-quality start. He kept his team in the game into the seventh with a 2-0 scoreline. Senior outfielder Tyler Ryan put together a two-hit game.
For the Cougars, Mitch McIntyre went 2-4 with a home run and Austin Deming had a two-RBI day. Justin Sterner notched the win in 6.1 innings of work to improve to 8-3 on the season.
BYU opened the scoring in the top of the second inning with McIntyre's solo-home run traveled down the right-field line and found the foul pole.
Shreve settled in and allowed just one runner on in the next three innings before stumbled in the sixth inning when a leadoff single and a wild pitch put a runner in scoring position and a ground out moved the runner to third. An error at third allowed him to score to make the score 2-0.
BYU scored three runs in the eighth inning to make it 5-0 following a three-hit inning.
Despite being shutout, the Tigers had their chances. They outhit the Cougars 8-6 and had runners on in the first four innings and got players into scoring position in five innings.
Pacific gets a chance to wipe the slate clean as it enters a period of 12 days without a game. The bye week coincides with finals week and allows the team to focus on studying and preparing for finals without games to play.
Once the break ends, there are just eight games to play starting with a series at San Diego on May 10 at 6 p.m.