With just four games left in the 2019 season, Pacific baseball needs just one win to improve upon last year's win total of 22. The Tigers have a great chance to do that this weekend as it hosts Portland for the final three games at Klein Family Field in 2019.
The weekend's series has been rescheduled to du rain in the forecast. The two teams will play in a doubleheader starting at 1 p.m. on Friday before a day off on Saturday. The Tigers will celebrate senior day on Sunday with a ceremony prior to first pitch in the 1 p.m. game.
Friday, May 17, 2019
Portland at Pacific | 1:00 p.m. PST (doubleheader)
Venue: Klein Family Field
Weather: Partly Cloudy | High of 69, Low of 48 | 10% chance of precipitation
Live stats (Provided by Pacific): http://stats.statbroadcast.com/broadcast/?id=244152 | (Game Two) http://stats.statbroadcast.com/broadcast/?id=244153
Sunday, May 19, 2019
Portland at Pacific | 1:00 p.m. PST
Venue: Klein Family Field
Weather: Showers | High of 65, Low of 49 | 80% chance of precipitation
Video (TheW.tv): https://wccsports.com/watch/?id=169431
Live stats (Provided by Pacific): http://stats.statbroadcast.com/broadcast/?id=244154
GAME ONE (Portland) Kevin Baker | SR. | RHP | 7.89 ERA |0-6| 27 K's | 29.2 IP vs. (Pacific) Ricky Reynoso | SR. | LHP | 5.64 ERA |1-5 | 68 K's | 59.0 IP
GAME TWO (Portland) Connor Knutson | SR. | RHP | 2.06 ERA |3-3 | 33 K's |35.0 IP vs. (Pacific) Hayden Pearce | So. | RHP |3.40 ERA |3-1| 24 K's |42.1 IP
GAME THREE (Portland) Chris Clements | Rs. SR. | RHP | 1.69 ERA |7-1 | 76 K's |85.1 IP vs. (Pacific) Ryan Shreve | Jr. | RHP | 3.08 ERA |4-5 | 56 K's |79.0 IP
There are four games to go in the 2019 season, three of which are this weekend as the Tigers close out their slate of home games with a doubleheader on Friday and a single game on Sunday. The Tigers close out the season on Tuesday with a game against Stanford in Palo Alto. Pacific needs to win just one game out of the next four to finish with more wins than it did a year ago when the team was 22-29.
Leading the way...
Junior catcher James Free has been the heart and soul of the Tiger offense literally and figuratively. The switch-hitter has hit almost strictly in the three or four hole and leads the team in runs scored (36), hits (60), doubles (13), Home runs (8), RBIs (37) and slugging (.524).
Freshman outfielder James Arakawa has turned into a staple for the Tigers in recent weeks. He's settled in nicely into the leadoff spot and has reached safely in 17-straight games; the longest streak for the Tigers this season. In the stretch, he's hitting .345 with two doubles, six walks, two hit-by-pitches and a .422 on-base percentage. Arakawa has climbed throughout the season and currently leads the team in batting average at .325.
The Tiger Way...
Pacific has found ways to generate offense this year and its been done by playing small ball. The Tigers are third in the nation in sac bunts with 53. 74 times the Tigers have gotten on base by getting hit by a pitch, good for 34th in the nation. Keaton Glover and Kevin Sandri are 9th and 14th in the nation respectively in sac bunts laid down.
Ryan Shreve's no-hitter...
Junior pitcher Ryan Shreve dealt just the fourth no-hitter in program history on Sunday, April 14 at Santa Clara. He struck out nine and only allowed a base-runner by way of a hit by pitch. He retired 27 of the 28 batters he faced.
For his efforts, he was named NCBWA Player of the Week as well as the West Coast Conference Player of the Week and was a finalist for the @d1baseball Golden Spikes Performance of the Week. He finished third in the Twitter voting.
It was the first no-hitter for a Pacific pitcher since D.J. Houlton threw one in May of 2001 against UC Riverside. Houlton went on to pitch for the Los Angeles Dodgers.
More on Shreve...
The Tiger righty ranks in the top-100 in the nation in:
WHIP - 9th (0.86)
Complete Games - 9th (3)
Walks allowed per nine innings - 12th (1.25)
Strikeouts to walk ratio - 43rd (5.09)
Hits allowed per nine innings - 61st (6.49)
Junior outfielder Keaton Glover is yet to commit an error this season in Pacific's outfield. In 138 chances he has 135 putouts and three outfield assists.
Garko Era: Year Two...
Pacific head coach and former major-leaguer, Ryan Garko, enters his second season at the helm of the program this year. He and his staff helped guide the Tigers to a four-win improvement overall and a five-win improvement in West Coast Conference play. 2019 ushers in a new season as well as Garko's first recruiting class, which looks to make a mark this season.