STOCKTON, Calif. – The Pacific Tigers completed the doubleheader sweep of the Seattle Redhawks with the 7-5 win tonight, moving to 8-6 on the season and dropping Seattle to 5-10. The win gives Pacific a chance for its second series sweep of the season and its first sweep of a four-game series since winning all four against Coppin State in 2003.
"The main thing for us today [in the doubleheader] was to remain focused and keep that energy," said Ryan Schalch, who had the walk-off sacrifice fly in game one. "Our coaches advocate to repeat every day and every pitch, so that's just what we're trying to do."
The win came courtesy of six runs in the fifth and sixth innings thanks to patient Tiger bats. Pacific drew eight walks and were hit by four pitches in the game. James Free drove in three runs in the game, including the go-ahead runs on a ground-rule double in the sixth.
The Tigers went with a committee approach on the mound, with Bailey Hansen, Ed O'Bannon III, Miles Haddad, and Jordon Gonzalez all pitching at least an inning over the first six before Vince Arobio closed it out with a perfect seventh. Gonzalez got the win today, his first of the season, while Arobio picked up his third save.
Seattle would stake a 4-0 lead after three innings and lead 5-1 through the top of the fifth before the Tigers roared back. A heady defensive play in the third saved a few runs for the Tigers as one of Seattle's runners missed third base on his way home during a bases-clearing double. Pacific would touch the bag to get the out, erasing two runs from what looked to be a three-run hit originally.
It was a big fifth inning this time that helped the Tigers tie the game as Pacific struck for four runs, their third inning of the series of at least four runs. Pacific scored those four runs on just two hits as three HBPs, a wild pitch, and an RBI walk from Ryan Robards helped the Tigers rally. Matt Tarantino and Schalch had the only hits of the inning, with Schalch's single starting the scoring.
Pacific's first lead of the game came in the sixth inning after Free hit a ground-rule double over the rightfield fence with the bases loaded. Sandri and Halstead, who had been hit by pitch and walked to start the inning, came in to score and make it 7-5.
The Tigers wouldn't relinquish that late lead thanks to Arobio, who struck out one and breezed through a 16-pitch inning to get the save.
- Arobio's save was the 18th in his career, tying him with Josh Schmidt for the all-time lead in Pacific history.
- Bailey Hansen made his first career start today. He was 0-0 with a 2.45 ERA in his previous 3.2 innings this year.
- Lucas Halstead made his first start batting second in the order this year. Halstead is now batting .500 with four runs, a double, a homer, and two RBI over the last two years when batting second.
- Halstead now has extra-base hits in each of the last two games, doubling his season total.
- Kyle Soberano is batting .364 with a run and an RBI as a starter.
- Soberano's double to center in the fourth inning was his first career extra-base hit.
- Ryan Schalch has scored a run in three consecutive games and in six of the last seven.
The Tigers will look for the sweep tomorrow against Seattle at noon. Tickets for that game are available online.
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