Pacific Baseball Falls at No. 24 Oklahoma State
The Pacific baseball team fell at No. 24 Oklahoma State Tuesday, 11-3, at Reynolds Stadium in Stillwater, Okla. Catcher Jason Taasaas doubled and drove in a run, while freshman LF Gio Brusa and sophomore 1B Erik Lockwood added RBI.
Pacific took a 1-0 lead in the first as sophomore CF Tyler Sullivan doubled to left and senior SS Dustin Torchio followed with a single to left. Lockwood posted a sacrifice fly to left center to put the Tigers on the board.
Oklahoma State answered in the bottom of the first with a run of freshman RHP Patrick Weigel. 1B Tanner Krietemeier singled and RF Zach Fish doubled to right to tie the game.
The Tigers took the lead right back in the top of the second, as senior LF Jacob Goulder singled and Taasaas drove a fly ball to deep right which bounced off the wall for a double and a 2-1 Pacific lead.
But the Cowboys tallied four runs in the bottom of the second, taking the lead on a two-run triple by Gage Green.
Oklahoma State tacked on three more in the third inning, before the Pacific bullpen recovered. RHP Bryce Lombardi retired six of seven batters to post a pair of zeros on the board in the fourth and fifth. LHP Kyle Crawford didn't allow a hit in the sixth, and RHP Nick Viola tossed a perfect seventh.
In the eighth, the Tigers' streak of 128.1 straight innings to start the season without allowing a home run came to an end as Green hit a two-run blast to right. The Cowboys added another run to blow the game open.
Pacific falls to 5-10 on the season, while Oklahoma State improves to 13-3. The Cowboys were playing their 13th straight home game, as part of a 26-game home stand.
Vince Wheeland picked up the win, tossing 3.1 innings in relief of starter RHP Jon Perrin. Wheeland allowed one earned run on two hits and a pair of walks. Perrin was tabbed for two runs on four hits in 2.2 innings. Brendan McCyurry did not allow a hit in the final two innings for Oklahoma State.
The Tigers will head to Omaha, Nebraska for a three-game series against Creighton at TD Ameritrade Stadium starting Friday (4 p.m. Pacific).