Tigers Shut Out Mustangs, 4-0

Tarantino rounding third
Tarantino rounding third

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. – The University of the Pacific baseball team shut out the Cal Poly Mustangs on Friday night, 4-0.

The Tigers improve to 4-6 overall while the Mustangs fall to 3-6 on the season.

After three scoreless innings, the Tigers' let the bats fly, scoring four runs at the top of the fourth inning. James Free led off for the Orange and Black and singled to left field. He went on to steal second to put himself in scoring position. Ryan Schalch stepped up next and got walked to place runners on first and second. Nate Verlin loaded the bases with a walk.

From there, Matthew Tarantino notched the first hit with a single up the middle to score Free and advance Schalch and Verlin to third and second, respectively. Tarantino kept the bases loaded.

With no outs and one run, Lucas Halstead hits a sacrifice fly out to center field to score Schalch to give the Tigers a 2-0 lead. Carter Hayes stepped up with one out and blasted a double to left field to score Tarantino and Verlin for the 4-0 to head out of the inning.

From there, the Orange and Black closed it out, with Shelby Lackey pitching seven innings and only giving up one hit before Cooper Casad came in to close out the game.

"That is a solid win for us against an extremely talented opponent," said head coach Ryan Garko. "Lackey did a great job of executing his pitches and keeping the lead off hitter on base. Their starter is one of the best on the west coast and I thought our hitters did a great job executing our game plan the second time through the line up and we were fortunate to put up four runs there." 

Pacific tallied six hits, four RBI, and four runs in 30 at-bats against just three hits by the Mustangs.

Lackey improves to 2-0 on the season from the mound while Casad picks up his second save. Michael Clark is charged with the loss after six innings pitched and seven strikeouts.

The Tigers return to action for a doubleheader against Cal Poly March 3, with first pitch slated for 1 p.m.