SEATTLE, Wash. – The Pacific baseball team dropped both games of a doubleheader at Seattle University on Saturday.
Pacific fell by scores of 5-3 and 11-2 to finish 1-3 in the 2018 season opening weekend.
In the seven-inning opener, Pacific was down early after a walk and a double put Seattle on the board with a run in the bottom of the first inning. In the top of the second, Nate Verlin started the two-run inning after reaching on a fielding error by the Redhawks first baseman. With one out Matthew Tarantino doubled, scoring Verlin. Tarantino advanced on a ground out by Preston Moebius and scored on a Keaton Glover two-out bunt to third base.
Lucas Halstead extended the Tigers lead with a leadoff homer in the top of the fourth inning, but Seattle erased the extra run in the bottom half of the inning after back-to-back doubles by Seattle's Dalton Hurd and Sean Sutton.
Starter Ricky Reynoso pitched 5.2 innings, but ran into some trouble in the sixth inning. Despite allowing a single up the middle, Reynoso exited the sixth inning with two outs and one runner on base. Reliever Henrik Reinertsen walked his first batter and then allowed Redhawks' Curtis Perrin a three RBI home run. Reinertsen struck out the next batter to end the inning.
Seattle's Tyler Oldenberg pitched the sixth inning, and faced one batter in the top of the seventh to grab his first win of the season. Zach Wolf earned the save after holding the Tigers from scoring in the top of the seventh.
Keaton Glover led the Tigers at the plate, going 3-for-3 with an RBI.
Both starters — Lucas Sweany for Pacific and Jarrod Billig of Seattle — only put in 2.2 innings of work. Sweany gave up a quick four runs, two earned, for his first loss of the 2018 season.
The Tigers erased one run in the top of the third after a James Free II single to center field that advanced Kevin Sandri, who reached on a hit by pitch. Lucas Halstead then came up big with a two-out single up the middle to score Sandri. Seattle earned the run back after Pacific reliever Joey Riherd allowed a walk, a single, and a groundout RBI in the bottom half the third inning.
Pacific's only other run came off the bat of Free in the top of the 5th inning.
Seattle scored seven runs in the fifth and sixth innings combined to put them up 11-2 on the Tigers.
Free finished 2-for-3 with an RBI in the nightcap.
Pacific will host its home opening series against Utah Valley next weekend. The Tigers and Wolverine's will play a four-game series at Klein Family Field in Stockton beginning with a 6:00 pm game on Friday, Feb. 23.
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