Stockton, Calif. – Pacific Baseball dropped a 8-1 ball game to No. 24 Arizona State in the first contest at the Coca-Cola Classic on March 1 at Surprise Stadium.
Pacific drops to 3-5, while Arizona State improves to 6-2. Picking up the loss for Pacific was John Haberman (0-1), while Trevor Williams improved to 2-0 with the complete game victory.
Brett Sullivan led off the game with a shot into right center, but the Tigers were unable to plate the designated hitter. Arizona State was able to score first in the bottom half of the opening inning and again in the second, leaving the score at 2-0.
The Sun Devils would break the game open with a five run fifth. However, with the bases loaded Mike Hager came out of the bullpen to get a sacrifice fly, and then ended the jam with a 6-4-3 double play. Dustin Torchio caught the high chop, flipped it to Tyger Pederson covering second, who then fired a strike to get the runner by a half step on the nice stretch by Erik Lockwood.
Hager threw five strong innings for the Tigers, allowing only one run to his name, and striking out four Sun Devils.
Arizona State added one in the seventh inning to put the score at 8-0.
However, the Tigers would not quit, in the ninth inning, J.J. Wagner sent a shot up the middle, followed by a double into left center by Torchio. Then, Robbie Masnfield sent a hard groundball to second base to plate a run, leaving the score at 8-1.
The Tigers are back on the diamond tomorrow with a familiar foe in Gonzaga at 4 p.m. The Tigers just split a pair of games with Gonzaga last weekend at Klein Family Field.