Pacific Baseball Falls To Cal State Northridge, 8-1
The Pacific baseball team fell victim to a complete game from Cal State Northridge's starter on Friday, April 23, dropping an 8-1 decision.
With the loss Pacific dropped to 22-14 on the season and 5-5 in Big West Conference play, while the Matadors improved to 21-15 and 3-4 in conference play.
Pacific had its first scoring chance of the contest in the bottom of the first, but after sophomore Brett Christopher (Livermore, Calif.) walked and advanced to third on a single by junior Brian Martin (Livermore, Calif.), the Tigers would leave both runners on.
The Tigers broke-up the shutout in the bottom of the eighth, as junior Nick Longmire (San Diego, Calif.) doubled to lead off the inning, and was brought around to score on a single by Martin. Martin eventually reached second with two down, but was stranded following a flyout. The two runners reaching second base in the inning were the only Tigers to do so following the first inning in the contest.
To kick off the contest, both teams stranded runners until the top of the third inning when Cal State Northridge plated the game's first run. Shortstop TS Reed opened up the inning by singling an 0-2 pitch to shortstop, and then moved himself into scoring position during Ryan Pineda's plate appearance. With a runner at second, Pineda laid down a sacrifice bunt back to the pitcher's mound and was erased at first and allowed Reed to cruise on into third base. Drew Muren grounded out to shortstop after a riccochet shot off third baseman Mike Walker (Marysville, Calif.), Reed came home to score and put the Matadors up 1-0.
Cal State Northridge knocked in what would prove to be the go-ahead run as part of a three-run fifth inning. The Matadors continued to pile on the runs in the sixth and seventh frames, streaking out to an 8-0 lead.
Ryan Juarez improved to 2-3 on the season after throwing a complete game for the Matadors, allowing a lone run on seven hits, striking out five and walking two. Marcus Pointer (Pacifica, Calif.) suffered his second loss of the season on the hill and dropped to 6-2. He allowed eight runs on 12 hits in 6.2 innings, striking out five and walking three. Junior Thomas Berolzheimer (Stockton, Calif.) and senior Jamie Niley (Elk Grove, Calif.) pitched well in relief for Pacific, as neither pitcher allowed a hit over 2.1 innings of work, with both recording a strikeout.
Offensively Martin and freshman John Haberman (Stockton, Calif.) led the Tigers at the plate going 2-for-4, as Martin accounted for the sole RBI of the contest.
Pacific next returns to action on Saturday taking on Cal State Northridge for a 2 p.m. first pitch.