STOCKTON, Calif. – The University of the Pacific baseball team snagged game one of the series against Santa Clara on Friday night, 7-3.
The Tigers improve to 19-25 on the season and 9-13 in the West Coast Conference, while the Broncos fall to 20-23 overall and 6-13 in conference play.
In the bottom of the second, the Orange and Black got out to a quick 1-0 lead. With one out, Carter Hayes blasted a triple to right center field to put Pacific in scoring position. Kevin Sandri singled up the middle to score Hayes for the 1-0 lead.
The Broncos answered back to go up 2-1 in the top of the third. Evan Haberle started the inning off with a single through the left side and managed to get to third on a sacrifice bunt and a failed pickoff attempt. Grant Meylan scored Haberle on a ground out. The second run of the inning came from a single to center field by Jason Dicochea to score Joe Becht.
SCU pushed the lead up to 3-1 on a leadoff homer over the left field fence by John Cresto in the top of the fourth.
However, in the bottom of the fifth, the Tigers tied the game at 3-3. LeForestier hit a leadoff double to center field and was moved to second on a walk by James Free II. Both Free and LeForestier advanced to second and third, respectively, on a wild pitch. Bradley Jekich was walked to load the bases. An error on the Bronco defense allowed LeForestier to score and keep the bases loaded. Hayes hit a sacrifice fly to score Free for the second run and tie the game.
Pacific went on to score two more runs in the bottom of the sixth and seventh to claim the victory, 7-3.
The Orange and Black tallied 11 hits on the night against just four by the Broncos.
Halstead led the Tigers offense with two RBI in three hits. Matthew Tarantino and LeForestier each tallied two hits while Jekich, Verlin, Hayes, Sandri, and Keaton Glover combined for the other five hits.
Shelby Lackey picked up the win for the Tigers after pitching eight complete innings and striking out a career-high 13 batters with no walks. Freddie Erlandson was charged with the loss after pitching two innings with one strikeout.
Pacific returns to action for game two of the series on Saturday, May 5 and will be honoring the seniors for their final home games. First pitch is set for 6:00 p.m.