Tigers Take Game One Against Gonzaga, 2-1

Tigers Take Game One Against Gonzaga, 2-1

STOCKTON, Calif. – The University of the Pacific baseball team defeated Gonzaga University in a tight game, 2-1, on Friday night.

The Tigers improve to 14-18 on the season and 5-8 in the West Coast Conference, while the Bulldogs fall to 16-16 overall and 7-6 in the WCC.

After one scoreless inning, the Orange and Black took the quick 2-0 lead over Gonzaga. With one out, Bradley Jekich stepped up and was walked to land on base and Michael Ricupito advanced Jekich after being hit by the pitch.

Kevin Sandri was walked to load the bases with two outs. From there, Keaton Glover made a big hit with a single up the middle to score Jekich and Ricupito to take the lead.

At the top of the third, the Bulldogs threatened to take the lead with bases loaded but Branson Trube's sacrifice fly allowed only one run to score, giving the Tigers the 2-1 victory.

Pacific and Gonzaga each tallied five hits on the night.

Glover led the Pacific offense with two RBI in two hits in three at-bats. Alex LeForestier, James Free, and Nate Verlin tallied the other three hits for the Tigers.

On the mound, Shelby Lackey picked up his third win with a quality start, going 6.0 innings giving up just one run and striking out eight batters. Ryan Shreve closed it out to earn his third save of the season with one strikeout and 2.0 innings pitched. Daniel Bies pitched a complete game for the Bulldogs but was charged with the loss after pitching 8.0 innings with five strikeouts.

"I'm very proud of the fight and grit our boys showed tonight against a very good opponent," said head coach Ryan Garko. "Shelby limited the damage that third inning and gave us a great outing. Lucas and Ryan came out of the pen and did a great job throwing quality strikes. No one is working harder than Keaton Glover in the cages right now and that hit was a big one for us."

Pacific returns to action for game two of the series against Gonzaga on Saturday, April 14 with first pitch set for 6:00 p.m. Following the game, there will be a firework show presented by Dr. Amy Scrivens.