ORANGE, Calif. – The Pacific season ended on Saturday afternoon when No. 3 seed Cal Lutheran used timely strikes to take an early lead and eventually claimed the 9-1 victory in the playoff game.
The Boxers are exiting the NCAA Tournament but will look back on a successful 2022 campaign, including their second straight Northwest Conference title.
Ryan Krut (Senior/Washougal, WA) had a fantastic performance, hitting three hits in his final game as a boxer. He finished his career as the Pacific’s all-time leader in doubles (43) and ranked second all-time in hits (196).
cole strober (Senior/Pacific City, OR) recorded two hits and an RBI while Nolan McNeill (Senior/San Tan Valley, AZ) scored the only point of the game going 1 for 4.
Damon Tanner (Sophomore/El Dorado Hills, CA), Robert Drayer (Senior/Makawao, HI), and loves of isaac (Senior/Beaverton, OR) each had one hit in the contest.
How did it happen
Cal Lutheran started off fast capitalizing on a starting triple to open the scoring. starting pitcher Will Clark (Junior/Boise, ID) cooled off after the first, striking out eight straight batters to keep the Kingsmen at bats at bay.
Pacific’s offensive struggles continued, however, as they were unable to score late in the second when they took the runners to second and third with no outs.
The visitors quickly capitalized on the Boxers’ missed chance and added three points in the fourth to extend their lead to 4-0. This kicked Clark out of the game and David Allen (Junior/Keizer, OR) replaced the left-hander.
Allen kept the Kingsmen in check, allowing just one hit in three innings of work. The reliever had trouble in the seventh and Cal Lutheran doubled his lead by scoring four times.
Liam Cammal (Senior/San Diego, CA), Tyler Agnew (Junior/Folsom, CA), and Joey Harmon (Sophomore/Scottsdale, AZ) combined to get the contest’s final eight outs.
Pacific scored its only run of the game in the bottom half of the seventh when McNeill and Drayer started things off with back-to-back singles. Strober had his second hit of the day to score McNeill.
Pacific finishes season at 28-18 to make it three straight seasons with 25 or more wins
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