Tiger Baseball has a Winning Streak

By: Malavika Raj University of the Pacific’s Baseball season has begun, and the Tigers, fortunately, have had a pretty great start.   Pacific’s Baseball team was set to open their season with three games against the Chicago State Cougars starting on February 16th at 6 P.M. at Klein Family Field. Due to rain and poor weather conditions, the game was cancelled. Soon after, an update from Pacific Athletics announced the opener would be pushed to Saturday, February 16th at 1 P.M. Despite the delays and weather conditions, the baseball team put on a stellar performance winning 3-0. Thanks to the offense team, the Tigers were able to score 15 hits and 9 home runs. According to Pacific Athletics, this is the Tigers’ first 3-0 start to a season since 1994. Head Coach Ryan Garko, along with 16 new players this year, are planning for a successful season. This is Garko’s second year coaching with Pacific. Previously, Garko had been the manager for the Dillers, a minor league baseball team based in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He also spent six years in major league baseball, playing for teams such as the San Francisco Giants and the Cleveland Indians. In August 2013, he was named the assistant coach to Stanford’s baseball team. According to his biography in Pacific’s Athletic website, Garko “helped land two recruiting classes that were nationally ranked by Perfect Game and Baseball America, and worked with both the Stanford Admissions office and the Athletic Academic Resource Center at Stanford to bring student-athletes with both athletic and academic talent to Stanford.” Tiger Baseball’s winning streak did not end after their victory against the Cougars. On Tuesday February 19th, Pacific Baseball solidly beat San Jose State University’s Spartans 8-1. Pacific’s early lead helped secure the win. According to Pacific’s Athletics website, “Pacific built an early lead and its pitchers shut down the Spartan hitters throughout the game.” The victory against the Spartans secures a four game winning streak, which surpasses the record of a three game win streak set last season. The Tigers returned to Klein Family Field Thursday, February 21st to start a four game series with Sacramento State. The first two games of the series will be played in Stockton, while the last two in Sacramento. If the team wins this one, it will be five-straight wins for the Tigers.