STOCKTON, Calif. – The University of the Pacific baseball team fell in game two of the series to Santa Clara, 12-4, on Saturday night.
The Tigers fall to 19-26 overall and 9-14 in conference play, while the Broncos improve to 21-23 on the season and 7-13 in conference action.
Santa Clara set the pace of the game scoring four runs in the top of the first and second innings to take a commanding 8-0 lead over the Tigers.
However, Pacific responded in the bottom half of the second inning scoring three runs to cut in on the Broncos lead, 8-3. Lucas Halstead was walked to start the inning for the Tigers. Bradley Jekich then singled through the right side to push Halstead to second. Nate Verlin hit a ground-rule double to score Halstead and push Jekich to third.
With two on and no outs, Carter Hayes hit a ground out to shortstop that allowed Jekich to score and put the Tigers on the board, 8-2. Kevin Sandri stepped up to try his hand at the bat and was walked to place runners on first and third. Keaton Glover drove in the last run of the inning with a single up the middle to bring Verlin home to trail 8-3.
From there, Pacific scored one more run in the bottom of the fifth but it was not enough as the Broncos closed it out with two runs in the sixth and two in the eighth to claim the 12-4 victory and tie the series, 1-1.
Pacific tallied six hits on the night with four RBI. Verlin led the group with two hits, one RBI, and one run. Sandri, Glover, Alex LeForestier, and Jekich combined for the other four hits.
On the mound, Ricky Reynoso was charged with the loss after 1.2 innings pitched with two strikeouts. Travis Howard picked up the win after six innings pitched with six strikeouts. Luke Martin-Resnick earned his first save of the season after pitching three innings and struck out three batters.
The Tigers return to action for their final home game of the season on Sunday to close out the series with Santa Clara. First pitch is set for 1:00 p.m.