Tigers fall on three-run eighth inning

Tigers fall on three-run eighth inning

Pacific baseball played spoiler with last night's win by eliminating San Diego from West Coast Conference Tournament contention and looked to give the Toreros a loss on their senior day, but three runs in the eighth inning pulled out a win for San Diego on Sunday, 4-2.

The Tigers scored two runs in the top of the fourth inning and got an outstanding seven innings of work out of their junior starting pitcher Ryan Shreve, but couldn't capitalize in the late-inning loss.

Shreve gave up a single in the top of the first inning before retiring 15 Toreros in a row and carried a two-hitter into the seventh inning. He only needed 61 pitches to get through the first six innings. He gave up a run in the seventh inning off of two hits and a walk to make the score 2-1.

In the bottom of the eighth inning, Shreve struck out the inning's first batter before giving up a game-tying home run to San Diego senior Ripken Reyes. Two batters later, a second home run, this time for Jeff Houghtby gave San Diego their first lead of the day. Sophomore Henrik Reinertsen took over for Shreve and attempted to minimize the damage, but allowed a run-scoring double to make it 4-2.

Pacific went down in order in the ninth inning to allow San Diego to take the series.

Pacific took a lead that nearly stood up in the fourth inning. Sophomore Alex LeForestier led the inning off with a walk, something he did three times in the game. Senior Tyler Ryan walked in the next at-bat and senior Michael Ricupito was hit by a pitch in the next at-bat to load the bases. The inning's fifth batter, Nate Verlin, hit into a fielder's choice that scored LeForestier to make it 1-0. Hoffman followed up Verlin's RBI with one of his own when he dropped down a sacrifice bunt that scored Ryan and made the score 2-0.

Pacific takes on Nevada on Tuesday before returning home for their final three games at Klein Family Field this season against Portland on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.