MALIBU, Calif. – The University of the Pacific baseball team snagged the final game of the series from Pepperdine University with a 4-3 victory on Sunday afternoon.
With the win, the Tigers improve to 12-18 overall and 4-8 in conference play, while the Waves fall to 14-16 on the season and 6-6 in conference.
After two scoreless innings, the Tigers let the bats fly. James Free led off in the top of the third with a single to center field. Bradley Jekich stepped up and was walked, pushing Free to second before Christian Stoutland balked to advance Jekich and Free another base. Carter Hayes loaded the base after being hit by the pitch.
With one out, the Waves made a pitching change but Kevin Sandri hit a two-run single to left field to score Jekich and Free to take the 2-0 lead.
In the fifth, the Orange and Black did not slow down, as Lucas Halstead walked and advanced to second on a wild pitch. Hayes stepped up to the plate and hit a two-out double to left field to score Halstead to increase the lead, 3-0.
However, the Waves ended the no-hitter in the bottom of the fifth with a double to center field by Quincy McAfee.
Meanwhile, Keaton Glover continued the hitting fest for the Tigers with a triple to left center to start off the sixth inning. With one out, Nate Verlin stepped up and singled to right field to score Glover for the 4-0 lead.
In the bottom of the ninth, Pepperdine threatened the Tigers lead, scoring three runs to make a comeback but fell short, as Pacific picked up the victory, 4-3.
The Orange and Black were on fire notching 12 hits. Free tallied three hits, while Glover, Verlin, and Matthew Tarantino each had two. Alex LeForestier, Hayes, and Sandri rounded out the hitters with one hit each. Sandri recorded two RBI, while Hayes and Verlin each had one.
On the mound, Cooper Casad was a force to reckon with after pitching a new career 7.1 innings with five strikeouts and allowing just two hits. Justin Giovannoni earned his third save of the season. Christian Stoutland was charged with the loss after pitching 2.2 innings, striking out three batters.
Pacific travels to Sacramento State for one game on Tuesday, April 10 before returning home to host the Gonzaga Bulldogs for a three-game series starting on Friday, April 13.