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Pacific baseball preps for final league games

Baseball - Boxers travel to Lewis and Clark this weekend, then return home to end the season

Pacific went out of conference last week for a game against Corban and a three-game series against Menlo, and now the Boxers will wrap up their season with eight straight Northwest Conference games.

Pacific (17-15, 14-10) beat Corban 15-6 last Tuesday, then took one of three games from Menlo over the weekend, winning the series opener 6-5 on Saturday at Chuck Bafaro Stadium. The Boxers return to conference play this weekend with a four-game set against Lewis and Clark, and the team will close out the 2008 season at home against Willamette next weekend.

The Boxers' postseason aspirations ended two weeks ago when Linfield came to town and swept a four-game series, but Pacific could still gain some ground on third-place Pacific Lutheran (15-9) and fourth-place Willamette (14-10).

Last Tuesday's game against Corban was a battle of the bullpens, with the teams combining to use 10 pitchers. Pacific trailed 5-4 through four innings but took control of the game with a five-run rally in the fifth. The Boxers would score another run in the sixth and five more in the seventh to lock up the win.

Nick McNeely went 3 for 3 with three RBIs and Kyle Barksdale had two doubles and three RBIs.

The Boxers won a nailbiter in the opener against Menlo on Saturday, holding off a late rally to beat the Oaks 6-5. Sean Dickey got his fourth win of the season, allowing three runs on five hits over seven innings. Matt Hendryx was 2 for 4 with a double and two RBIs.

Menlo came back to win Game 2 of the doubleheader 9-7, and the Oaks took the rubber match on Sunday, 8-2.

Junior Joey Pulito was 7 for 12 in the series with a triple, four RBIs, three runs and two stolen bases.