Big Second Inning Dooms Tigers

Photo Courtesy of Meghan Laurel Photography
Photo Courtesy of Meghan Laurel Photography

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STOCKTON, Calif. – In game two of the series, the Pacific Tigers fell 11-2 to the Penn State Nittany Lions, dropping their record to 4-5 on the season.  Will Lydon once again went six innings but took the loss in the game.  Penn State improves to 4-5 with the win.

"Anytime you lose a game it stings a little bit but it gives us an opportunity to learn and become better so we don't make those mistakes in conference play," said Assistant Coach Mike Reuvekamp.  "We've had some defensive miscues this season that have put our pitchers in a tough spot where they have to make tough pitches that'll take something out of your arm."

Keaton Glover went 2-for-3 in his first collegiate start, singling twice for the Tigers.  Nick Iwasa had the game's only RBI for Pacific with his first collegiate extra-base hit, doubling in the second inning to score Ryan Robards from first.

Pacific's second run came after back-to-back singles by Ryan Schalch and Lucas Halstead to start the fourth inning.  A double play wiped out that rally but did push Schalch across the plate for his ninth run of the year.

The Nittany Lions struck in the first with an RBI double falling out of the reach of a diving Robards, driving in the leadoff man, who had singled, from second.  The visitors would score five runs in the first two innings to take a lead they would never relinquish.  A homer in the eighth inning sealed the deal, scoring two more for Penn State to make it 11-2.

STAT NOTES

  • Will Lydon gave up his first earned run of the season today, ending a streak of 13.1 innings without one.
  • With a single today, Sandri now has hits in 11 of his last 12 homes games.
  • Since starting the year 0-for-2, Iwasa has hit .417 with two runs and and two RBI.
  • Keaton Glover picked up his first career hit in his first career start, singling in the fifth inning into centerfield.  Glover would go 2-for-3.
  • Schalch is hitting .421 with six runs over his last five games and has now reached base in every game as a Tiger.
  • In wins this year, Pacific has a team ERA of 1.00.  In losses, its ERA is 11.57.

The Pacific-Penn State series will wrap up tomorrow at 6:00 pm.  Tickets for that game are available online.

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