Pacific Baseball Drops Game 2 At Long Beach State, 13-4, Evening The Series
With the loss Pacific dropped to 17-8 on the year and 1-1 in Big West Conference play while the Dirtbags improved to 12-12 and 1-1 in conference as well.
Taking advantage of Long Beach State early on, junior Nick Longmire (San Diego, Calif.) looped the first pitch he saw through the left side of the field to put the first runner aboard after only one pitch from RHP Jake Thompson. The hero in the previous game against Long Beach State, sophomore Brett Christopher (Livermore, Calif.) kept things going when he attempted a sacrifice bunt down the third base line that third baseman Joey Terdoslavich slipped in the grass when trying to field, allowing for Christopher to land safely aboard first and advance Longmire to second with another single. In another bunt attempt, junior Brian Martin (Livermore, Calif.) put one back up the middle that Thompson misplayed and cost him a fielding error to load the bases as Martin also reached first safely. Senior Mike Walker (Marysville, Calif.) then ground one back up the middle to Thompson on what could have been a double play, but the second half was not in time as Martin was eliminated at second on a fielder's choice while Longmire came home to score Pacific's first run and give the Tigers a 1-0 lead. Junior J.B. Brown (Alvin, Texas) continued the offensive rally when he flew out to center, but it had the distance to become a sacrifice fly when Christopher tagged up and scored from third for a final 2-0 lead after the first inning.
Senior LHP David Rowse (Pleasanton, Calif.) commanded the game on the mound for the Tigers, keeping Long Beach State scoreless through the first three innings on less than 30 pitches.
That gave way for Pacific to come back and tack on another run in the top of the fourth. It was Brown this time who kicked off the frame's scoring when he dropped a 1-1 pitch into center field as the first baserunner of the inning. Senior Matt Fuson (Lodi, Calif.) then laid down a perfectly-executed sacrifice bunt to second base for the first out of the inning, allowing Brown to advance over to second. Then freshman John Haberman (Stockton, Calif.) wasted no time and lofted his first pitch from Thompson into right field and brought Brown home from second base to push the Tigers up 3-0 on the scoreboard.
But in the bottom of the frame, Rowse allowed one run to come in as Devin Lohman singled through the left side to start things off for the Dirtbags. Terdoslavich followed suit and moved his baserunner up when he singled to left field. However, the Tigers kept the threat at bay in the next plate appearance when an intended double steal ended up as a caught stealing for Lohman off the throw from senior catcher Joe Oliveira (San Diego, Calif.), while Terdoslavich moved to second base uncontested with one out in the frame. Steve Tinoco then connected with the first of several extra base hits for Long Beach State, driving a one-out double to bring home Terdoslavich and narrow the gap, 3-1. Rowse recovered nicely, retiring the next two batters faced to end the inning quietly for Long Beach State.
Pacific had one last chance to score in the top of the fifth in yet another two-out situation. Christopher tallied a double into right field and he immediately came home in the ensuing at-bat when Martin singled through the right side. Christopher displayed his speed and scored all the way from second to add to Pacific's lead, 4-1.
From there, what seemed like a Cinderella story for the Tigers, who had hoped to win their first series at Long Beach State since the 1988 season, slipped away when the pitching started to fall apart. Rowse gave up three runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to tie the game, 4-4. He left the contest after six complete innings tossed and was not handed a decision in the game.
Pacific's bullpen took over and could not come up with a roadblock to the Dirtbags' offensive onslaught. Long Beach State posted one run in the seventh and then put the game away with eight more in the bottom of the eighth for the final 13-4 loss to hand to the Tigers.
Senior RHP Hunter Carnevale (Roseville, Calif.) was tagged with the loss, giving up three runs in the seventh and eighth innings. His record dropped to 1-3 on the year, while Thompson improved to a perfect 4-0 record after eight complete innings tossed. Offensively, Lohman tore up the defense going a spectacular 5-for-5 with two doubles and two singles for a total of three RBI and two runs scored. He is the first player since 2008 American League Rookie of the Year, Evan Longoria, went 5-for-5 at Blair Field back in the 2005 season. Christopher and Martin led the Tigers each going 3-for-4 at the plate with two runs scored for Christopher and one RBI from Martin.
The weekend's rubber match is set for a 2 p.m. first pitch on Saturday, April 3. Pacific is still in search of its first series