Pacific Baseball Opens Home Series With Hawai'i Friday
The Pacific baseball team opens a three-game series against Hawai'i at home on Friday at 6 p.m. at Klein Family Field. The Tigers and Rainbows will play game two on Saturday, with an adjusted start time of 4 p.m. before concluding the series Sunday at 1 p.m.
The Tigers (10-29, 3-12 Big West) and Rainbows (9-29, 4-11 Big West) meet for the lone time in conference play, as Hawai'i joined the Big West in Pacific's final season in the conference before moving on to the WCC next season.
The two teams last met in 2007, with Hawai'i sweeping a three-game series at home, while the Tigers took a single-game meeting on the mainland in Stockton. Pacific is 2-2 all-time against the Rainbows in Stockton.
Senior LHP John Haberman gets the ball in game one for the Tigers. Haberman is 1-5 on the year with a 6.27 ERA in 47.1 innings. He's struck out 29 batters against 13 walks on the year. He is 1-2 with a 4.33 ERA in the month of April, and had a 3.43 ERA for the month until his last start at Cal State Northridge, in which he allowed five runs in six innings while fanning four.
Hawai'i sends RHP Connor Little to the hill in game one. The senior is 1-5 with a 4.28 ERA on the year. In 67.1 innings, he's struck out 38 against 14 walks. In his last outing, he allowed three earned runs in 7.2 innings against No. 3 Cal St. Fullerton, taking the no decision.
In game two, freshman RHP Jake Jenkins will look to continue his improvements on the mound. Jenkins has an 0-6 record with a 6.75 ERA on the season. In 30.2 innings, he's punched out 22 batters against 11 walks. Jenkins appears to have turned a corner in his last two outings, going 8.0 innings with one earned run allowed against No. 21 UC Irvine. In his last two starts, Jenkins has a 2.93 ERA in 15.1 innings with 11 strikeouts against just two walks and 10 hits.
He'll be opposed by Hawai'i starter RHP Corey MacDonald. The senior is 4-5 on the year with a 4.03 ERA. In 73.2 innings of work, he's walked 21 and struck out 39. Against Fullerton, he tossed eight innings and allowed three earned runs on seven hits, but took a loss in the quality start.
In Sunday's 1 p.m. game three, the Rainbows' RHP Matt Cooper gets the nod. The junior is 2-6 with a 3.36 ERA this season. In 61.2 innings, he's posted 55 strikeouts against 11 walks. In his last outing, he only lasted three innings, allowing one earned run against No. 3 Fullerton.
Pacific's Sunday starter is TBA.
As a team, Pacific is hitting .254 with 4.2 runs scored per game, while the Rainbows offense is hitting .229 with 3.0 runs per game. The Hawai'i pitching staff owns a 4.75 ERA to the Tigers' 5.68.