This Week In Tiger Baseball
Fri., Feb. 17 - San Diego St - 6:00 pm
Sat., Feb. 18 - San Diego St - 1:00 pm
Game Notes: Pacific
Pacific kicks off the 2017 season this week with a three-game road series in San Diego against the San Diego State Aztecs. The Tigers will look to build on last year's success, which saw the team make it to the final weekend before just missing out on the WCC Tournament. Pacific returns four regular starters and all three members of 2016's centerfield platoon in Jimmy Boras, Blake Barry, and McKay Koissian. Also back are Will Lydon and Ricky Reynoso, Pacific's leaders in games started in 2016.
The home opener for the Tigers will be Friday, February 24 against Cal Poly, with first pitch scheduled for 6:00 pm. That will kick off a three-game series, with game two Saturday at 2:00 pm and game three Sunday at 1:00 pm. Tickets for those games are available online.
Last Time Out
The Tigers went 22-30 last season, including a 12-15 mark in conference that was their second-most conference wins over the last decade. Pacific had three players drafted in the 2016 MLB Draft and are lucky enough to have two of those players back in Danny Mayer and Vince Arobio. Mayer led the conference in homers with 15 last year, the second-most ever by a Tiger, while Arobio needs just four saves to set the all-time career record for Pacific.
In all, 59% of Pacific's runs scored and 64% of its innings pitched return to the team for 2017. That group includes three players who hit over .300 last year (Mayer, Nate Verlin, and Lucas Halstead) and four of the five best ERAs on the team (Arobio, Lydon, Reynoso, and Miles Haddad).