Tigers Drop Doubleheader to Cal Poly

Tigers Drop Doubleheader to Cal Poly

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. – The University of the Pacific baseball team dropped both games in its doubleheader to Cal Poly on Saturday afternoon by scores of 9-0 and 9-1.

The Tigers fall to 4-8 on the season while Cal Poly improves to 5-6 overall.

Game 1: Cal Poly 9 Pacific 0

In the second inning, leadoff hitter Tate Samuelson homered to left field to put the Mustangs on the board, 1-0. Dylan Doherty stepped up and doubled to right field to score Scott Orgin, who reached base on a walk, for a 2-0 lead. Alex McKenna doubled to right center to score Doherty and increase the lead, 3-0.

From there, the Mustangs went on to score six more runs to shut out the Tigers, 9-0.

Pacific tallied eight hits with Tyler Ryan and Lucas Halstead each hitting two in four at-bats. Kevin Sandri, Bryce Kirk, Matthew Tarantino, and Ryan Schalch all contributed to the offense with one hit each.

Justin Giovannoni was charged with the loss (1-2) while Trent Shelton picked up the win after pitching seven innings.

Game 2: Cal Poly 9 Pacific 1

The Orange and Black struggled in game two, as the Tigers tallied three hits in a 9-1 loss to the Mustangs.

The only run for the Tigers came in the top of the sixth, when Nate Verlin singled to the pitcher to advance James Free to second, Kevin Sandri to third, and score Bradley Jekich to trail 4-1.

However, it was not enough to overcome the Mustang offense.

Jekich, Verlin and Ryan combined for all three hits for the Tigers on offense. Verlin notched one RBI.

Lucas Sweany (0-3) was charged with the loss after pitching 5.2 innings with four strikeouts. Darren Nelson (2-0) picked up the win for Cal Poly after pitching five innings with four strikeouts.

Pacific returns to the field for its final game against Cal Poly on Sunday, March 4 with first pitch set for 1 p.m.