STOCKTON, Calif. – The University of the Pacific baseball team fell in the rubber match to Saint Mary's College, 10-3, on Sunday afternoon.
The Tigers fall to 15-23 overall and 6-12 in West Coast Conference action, while the Gaels improve to 21-17 on the season and 10-8 in conference.
The Gaels jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead with runs in the second and third but set the pace of the game at the top of the fourth scoring five runs that ended with a three-run homer over the left field fence by Jackson Thoreson to give SMC a 7-0 lead.
The Orange and Black ended the shut out in the bottom of the fourth. With one out, James Free tripled to center field to set up the scoring run for the Tigers. Lucas Halstead stepped up behind Free and singled to right field to allow Free to score and trail 7-1.
Pacific managed to score two more runs in the bottom of the sixth with a leadoff single up the middle by Free, who advanced to second on a passed ball. Halstead singled again through the left side to move Free to third.
With one out, Carter Hayes doubled down the left line to score Free and advanced Halstead to third. Alex LeForestier hit a sacrifice fly out to center field to score Halstead for the final run of the inning for the Tigers and trail 7-3.
However, the Gaels scored three runs in the top of the ninth to claim the victory, 10-3, and the series win, 2-1.
Hayes led the Tigers offense going 3-for-4 from the plate with one RBI, while Halstead and Free each went 2-for-4 from the box. Free scored two runs, while Halstead had one run and a RBI. LeForestier grabbed the third RBI for Pacific.
On the mound, Casad was charged with the loss after pitching 6.2 innings with three strikeouts. Nick Frank picked up the win for the Gaels after pitching 5.1 innings and struck out three batters.
Following the weekend, the Orange and Black return to action on Tuesday, April 24 at Stanford for one game. First pitch is set for 6:05 p.m.