Tigers Fall To Cougars In Game One

Kevin Sandri (photo by Meghan Laurel Photography)
Kevin Sandri (photo by Meghan Laurel Photography)

STOCKTON, Calif. - The Pacific baseball team dropped the opening game of a three-game West Coast Conference series with BYU Thursday, 6-0.

Ryan Shreve didn't allow an earned run, but took the loss as the Cougars scored five runs with two outs in the fifth.

Kevin Sandri posted two of the Tigers' four hits on the afternoon with Blake Barry and Lucas Halstead each picking up one hit.

BYU starter Maverik Buffo went 8.1 innings scattering four hits, as he and Shreve posted zeros though four innings.

In the fifth, Noah Hill doubled down the line and after Brennon Anderson reached on error, Daniel Schneemann delivered a single to center for a 1-0 lead. A hit by pitch loaded the bases with two outs, and Bronson Larsen capped the five-run inning with a grand slam. All five runs were unearned.

Shreve departed after the fifth, with five unearned on seven hits allowed.

The Cougars tacked on another run in the eighth, on back-to-back singles and a Nate Favero dunk to left field that Ryan Robards couldn't quite reach. But Miles Haddad coaxed a groundout to end the inning.

Haddad tossed four innings of relief, and allowed four hits and one run.

Buffo took the mound for the ninth, but couldn't finish off the Tigers as Pacific put two on with one out via an error and a walk. Bo Burrup came in for the final two outs, getting a ground ball and a strikeout.

Pacific falls to 12-16 overall, and 2-8 in the WCC. BYU improves to 15-12 overall and 5-2 in the WCC.

The Tigers and Cougars will square off again on Friday with first pitch set for 6 p.m.