Tigers Fall To No. 22 Cal Poly, 8-4
CF Tyler Sullivan and 1B Erik Lockwood each posted two hits while DH Tyger Pederson stretched his hit streak to nine games, but the Pacific baseball team fell to No. 22 Cal Poly, 8-4, Thursday.
C Jason Taasaas added a two-run single, and RF Taylor Murphy and SS Brett Sullivan each tripled in the contest.
The Tigers jumped out in front of Cal Poly and held a 4-1 lead after two innings, but the Mustangs scored seven unanswered runs to improve to 38-16 on the year and 16-9 in the Big West. Poly RHP Joey Wagman (12-3) settled down after the second, keeping the Tigers offense off the board the rest of the way.
The Mustangs opened the scoring in the top of the first when RHP Jake Jenkins hit the leadoff man and RF Nick Torres pulled a two-out double down the left field line.
Sullivan and Pederson posted back-to-back singles to open the bottom of the first, and with runners on the corners, 3B Dustin Torchio laid down a sacrifice bunt to tie the game at 1-1. Lockwood worked a walk and after a groundout advanced the runners to second and third, Taasaas singled to center for a 3-1 Pacific lead.
In the bottom of the second, Murphy tripled to center field, and 2B J.J. Wagner plated the Tigers' fourth run with an RBI groundout.
In the Cal Poly third, 2B Denver Chavez led off with a triple and scored on a single by CF Jordan Ellis. Torres followed with a two-run home run to tie the game at 4-4.
The Mustangs took the lead in the fourth, as Ellis hit an RBI double into the gap in left center.
Jenkins posted zeros in the fifth and sixth, but departed in the seventh after a double by Ellis. RHP Bryce Lombardi enter and coaxed a popup on the infield for the second out, but 3B Jimmy Allen and LF David Armendariz posted back-to-back RBI singles for a 7-4 Mustangs' lead.
In the ninth, Torres doubled and a two-out error plated the final run for Cal Poly.
Wagman retired 15 of 16 from the third inning on until the eighth, when Wagner singled. Wagman left after the eighth, allowing four earned runs on eight hits with four strikeouts.
Brett Sullivan tripled off RHP Michael Holback to open the ninth, but was left stranded.
Pederson has now reached base in 16 consecutive games, the longest streak by a Tiger this season. He's also picked up a base hit in his last 16 straight Big West games.
The Tigers (14-38, 6-19 BWC) will face Cal Poly in game two on Friday at 6 p.m.