Tigers Rally Comes Up Short Against Sacramento State
DH Tyger Pederson picked up a pair of base hits and RHP Mike Hager allowed two earned in six innings, but the Pacific baseball team's comeback bid against Sacramento State fell short, 3-1, Tuesday night at Klein Family Field.
The Tigers pushed a run across in the bottom of the ninth on an RBI single by SS Brett Sullivan, but stranded runners on the corners.
Hager (1-4) allowed seven hits in six innings, with two of the three runs earned. He walked none and struck out a pair. The Hornets tallied a run in the second on an error, a single and a sacrifice fly from 3B Will Soto.
In the fifth, SS Scotty Burcham reached on a bunt single for Sacramento State and came in to score on a double by C Dane Fujinaka. LF Kyle Moses followed with an RBI double to make it a 3-0 game.
RHP Bryce Lombardi, LHP Travis Lumby and RHP Kevin Hammann each tossed shutout frames the rest of the way for Pacific.
The Tigers had their chances, putting multiple runners on base in the first, second, third, and sixth innings, but hit into three double plays and had a runner thrown out stealing. The Tigers stranded nine men on base.
In the ninth, LF Gio Brusa led off with a single and C Jason Taasaas walked with nobody out. RF Taylor Murphy hit a looper into center field, but the Hornets made the force play at second base for the first out. Sullivan's single up the middle plated Brusa, but Sacramento State summoned RHP Sutter McLoughlin from the bullpen and the closer recorded the final two outs for his 17th save of the season.
RHP Zach Morgan picked up the win to move to 5-3. He allowed eight hits and walked four in 8.1 innings, with a pair of strikeouts, but kept Pacific off the scoreboard until his final batter faced.
Sacramento State improves to 33-20 on the year, while Pacific falls to 13-34.
The Tigers will hit the road for a three-game Big West series at UC Santa Barbara opening Friday at 3 p.m.