Tigers Drop Contest At Stanford, 11-2
C/RHP Jason Taasaas went three-for-four and pitched an innings of relief, but the Pacific baseball team fell at Stanford in the Tigers' final non-conference game of the season, 11-2.
1B Robby Mansfield added two hits, including an RBI single, and SS Brett Sullivan added an RBI triple for Pacific. 2B Tyger Pederson added a single to extend his hit streak to eight games, and his reached-base to a team-long 15 games.
Stanford pushed two runs across in the first as DH Justin Ringo doubled, Austin Slater walked and after a double-steal, Brian Ragira delivered a sacrifice fly. Dustin Torchio robbed Austin Wilson of a base hit, but Slater trotted home on the groundout, for a 2-0 lead.
In the second, the Cardinal tacked on four more, highlighted by an Alex Blandino home run, his first of two on the day, to chase starter LHP Erik Lockwood (0-1).
Stanford added a run in the third off RHP Patrick Weigel, before LHP Kyle Crawford posted a scoreless fourth inning. The Cardinal stretched the lead to 8-0 in the fifth on an RBI triple from Lonnie Kauppila.
Crawford pitched into the sixth, before RHP Nick Viola entered to record the final out of the scoreless frame with one pitch.
In the seventh, the Tigers posted four hits off Stanford RHP Jordan Kutzer. Taasaas singled up the middle for his third hit of the game, and Sullivan tripled down the right field line to put the Tigers on the board. Mansfield slashed an RBI single through the left side and CF Tyler Sullivan added a single through the right side before Kutzer finally got out of the inning.
However, the Cardinal picked up a run back in the seventh on a sacrifice fly off Taasaas to make it a 9-2 game.
Blandino struck again in the bottom of the eighth, a two-run home run to cap the scoring.
Stanford improves to 30-21 on the year, as RHP Dean McArdle earned the win. McArdle went six innings without allowing a run, posting five hits while walking one.
The Tigers fall to 14-37 and will wrap the 2013 season against Cal Poly with a three-game home series at Klein Family Field opening Thursday at 6 p.m.