Tigers take rain-shortened series
The Pacific baseball team took two of three games from Northern Colorado in a rain-shortened series over the weekend. The teams were supposed to engage in battle four times: one game on Friday, a doubleheader on Saturday and one game on Sunday. In anticipation of inclement weather, though, the schedule was changed to move the doubleheader to Friday, and to play one game each on Saturday and Sunday. Despite the efforts taken to avoid the rain, though, mother nature intervened and forced the teams to cancel one game.
The Tigers’ first matchup with the Bears started in the afternoon on Friday and did not end until Saturday afternoon. The Tigers weren’t complaining, though, as they finally wound up with a 4-3 victory.
Right-hander Will Lydon ’17 took the mound to start the contest for Pacific. Lydon had performed well in his first home start against Northwestern, giving up three runs over seven innings with seven strikeouts, but the Tigers ultimately came away with the loss. In this game, Lydon started out a bit shaky and gave up two runs in the first, but went on to shutout the Bears until the game was suspended at the bottom of the fourth inning.
The Tiger offense, for its part, responded quickly to the two-run deficit in the bottom of the first. Shortstop Kevin Sandri ’19 continued his strong start to the season with one of three singles he hit during the game, and first baseman Nate Verlin ’18 followed with another single. Left fielder Danny Mayer ’17 knocked in Sandri with a double; designated hitter Gio Brussa ’16 kept the hit parade going with an RBI single.
The Tigers weren’t quite done with their big inning, though. After right fielder Lucas Halstead ’18 grounded into a double play that scored Mayer, second baseman Louis Mejia ’19 kept the rally alive with a single. Third baseman J.J. Wagner ’16 then hit a booming triple to center field to bring in Mejia and make it 4-2 in favor of Pacific. The score would hold until the game was rained out in the fourth inning.
The game picked back up the following day in the bottom of the fourth, during which the Tigers squandered a couple opportunities to lengthen their lead. Four runs proved to be enough, though, as right-handers Fines Del Bonta-Smith ’19 and Jake Jenkins ’16 mostly kept Northern Colorado’s batters in check the rest of the way to emerge with a 4-3 victory.
The rain prevented any more baseball from being played on Saturday, but the weather permitted a doubleheader on Sunday.
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