Pacific Baseball Claims Mid-Week Contest Against Sac State, 5-2
The Pacific baseball team was able to stay with Sacramento State and take a 5-2 lead after the eighth inning on Tuesday, April 13. With the victory Pacific is 20-11 on the year and is only one win away from its 21 total wins in 2008. Sacramento State dropped to 11-17-1 on the year.
"I was trying to get my team a chance to keep us in the game and get ahead of hitters and execute each time," senior RHP Hunter Carnevale (Roseville, Calif.) said. "I was not trying to do too much and I was trying to use my defense. Luckily it worked out for me today."
After inheriting a pair of runners from starter LHP John Haberman (Stockton, Calif.) Carnevale came in and shut down the Hornets, not allowing an earned run for his four-straight appearance. Carnevale dominated through the next four inning, striking out five while only allowing three hits.
Tied 2-2 entering the bottom of the seventh, junior J.B. Brown connected for one of his three doubles on the night to start off the inning. Then Haberman took note and followed suit as he, too, doubled to put two runners in scoring position with Brown at third base. Sacramento State then went to its bullpen for the fourth time bringing in Mike Guglielmo to replace Todd Logan. With two runners aboard sophomore Allen Riley (Fresno, Calif.) tapped in the game-winning RBI as he grounded out to second base to allow Brown to come home and score the third run of the game, taking a 3-2 lead.
In the following inning, Pacific plated two more insurance runs for its final 5-2 margin. One out into the frame, sophomore Brett Christopher (Livermore, Calif.) notched another double and stood in scoring position. Then junior Brian Martin (Livermore, Calif.) singled and brought home Christopher, but tried to extend his hit to a double before being tagged out at second after the Tigers took the 4-2 lead. With the bases cleared, senior Mike Walker (Marysville, Calif.) was hit by a pitch to set the table for Brown. Brown then tallied his third double of the game, bringing home Walker with ease as Pacific recorded its fifth and final run.
Behind Carnevale, the Tigers held on to their 5-2 score and sent down the Hornets in order for the win. Pacific has now tied the season series with Sacramento State after dropping an earlier game at Hornet Field.
Earlier in the game, junior Nick Longmire (San Diego, Calif.) wasted no time settling in, as he drove the very first pitch he saw from starter RHP Jesse Darrah well over the left field wall to lead off the bottom of the first inning and give Pacific a rapid 1-0 lead. The Tigers continued to roll one inning later, when they plated another run in the bottom of the second.
To open up the second inning, Brown launched another double, but moved over to third base when right fielder Trevor Bloom recorded the game's only error by misplaying the ball and allowing Brown to advance only 90 feet from scoring. One out later, Riley singled through the right side of the diamond for his first of two RBI to give Pacific the 2-0 lead.
However, Sacramento State snuck the lead away from the Tigers by responding with a run in the top of the third, trailing 2-1, before plating the tying run in the top of the fourth inning.
Offensively Brown paced the Tigers with the only multiple-hit night as he finished 3-for-4 with three of the game's seven doubles. Carnevale earned the victory on the hill and improved to 2-3 on the year while Todd suffered the loss and dropped to 1-3.
Pacific returns back to conference play when they hit the road to face No. 25 UC Irvine for a three-game set beginning Friday, April 16.