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    Pacific Baseball Chases No. 16 Cal State Fullerton For Conference Lead

    Apr 22, 2010

    Sitting in a three-way tie for second place with a 5-4 record in the Big West Conference, the Pacific baseball team will look to improve on its record in order to chase down league-leading and 16th-ranked Cal State Fullerton this weekend. The Tigers will host a three-game set against Cal State Northridge which kicks off on Friday, April 23 at 6 p.m.

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    Pacific Baseball This Week:
    Friday, April 23 - vs. Cal State Northridge, 6 p.m.
    Saturday, April 24 - vs. Cal State Northridge, 2 p.m.
    Sunday, April 25 - vs. Cal State Northridge, 1 p.m.
    Wednesday, April 28 - vs. Santa Clara, 6 p.m.

    Pacific Baseball Last Week (2-2):
    Friday, April 16 - at No. 25 UC Irvine, L 2-4
    Saturday, April 17 - at No. 25 UC Irvine, W 7-4
    Sunday, April 18 - at No. 25 UC Irvine, W 7-2
    Wednesday, April 22 - at No. 15 California, L 6-13

    RRHP Marcus Pointer (6-1, 3.86) vs. RHP Ryan Juarez (1-3, 4.30)

    LHP David Rowse (6-0, 4.97) vs. RHP Paul Tremlin (5-4, 5.80)

    RHP Jake Hummel (4-2, 3.08) vs. RHP Alex Muren (2-1, 4.21)

    Cal State Northridge holds the all-time advantage over the Tigers 22-15. The Matadors most recently won the latest series against Pacific, taking the first and third games from May 15-17, 2009. Pacific's last victory over the Matadors came back on May 16, 2009, after a complete game shutout from David Rowse secured the 11-0 shutout. The Tigers' last win at Klein Family Field occurred on May 18, 2008, when Pacific won games one and three of the series, 17-5 and 8-4.

    For the second time this season, the Pacific baseball team is receiving votes in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches' Poll. On March 29, 2010, the Tigers received three votes from head coaches around the country and on the week ending April 18, 2010, Pacific has increased to five votes received from head coaches. This marks the second time since the 1994 season that the Pacific baseball team is receiving votes in a national collegiate baseball poll. During that season, the Tigers finished with a 36-18 overall record which included a 22-game winning streak from Feb. 25 to April 5, 1994.

    Pacific is also receiving votes in the National Collegiate Baseball Writers' top 30 national poll.

    Pacific second baseman J.B. Brown (Alvin, Texas) was named the ninth-best middle infielder in the nation by Rivals.com earlier this week. A three-year starter for the Tigers, Brown currently leads the Tiger roster with his dazzling .436 batting average through 140 at-bats. Brown also leads the team with 61 hits and 82 total bases in the 2010 campaign. In 34 games played, the junior second baseman has connected for nine doubles this year, four homeruns and 22 RBI to help Pacific to its 22-13 overall record. The 22 wins are the most the Tigers have recorded since the 2006 season, when they tallied the second-consecutive 30-win season. Pacific also has 20 games remaining on the season in its quest to top the 2006 campaign.

    Over the last season-and-a-half, Brown has started every game played, only sitting out one game in two years. Last season he started in all 53 of the Tigers' contests and in 2010, J.B. has already amassed 34 starts of Pacific's 35 total games on the season. From the field, Brown leads the Tigers with 102 assists at second base, while notching 75 putouts of his own to record a .973 fielding percentage. Brown is the first Tiger to be nationally-ranked by Rivals.com this season and becomes the second player to do so since senior Joe Oliveira (San Diego, Calif.) was named the ninth-best catcher in the nation prior to the start of the 2008 season.

    Earning the first weekly accolade of his career for his help lifting the Tigers against No. 25 UC Irvine and Sacramento State last week, sophomore Brett Christopher (Livermore, Calif.) is the second Tiger this season to be named as one of 15 weekly CollegeBaseball360.com Primetime weekly players, and is also the second Tiger this week to garner an award.

    The switch-hitting Christopher led the Tigers to a 3-1 record on the week, which included a series victory over No. 25 UC Irvine, Pacific's first series victory over the Anteaters since the 2005 season. The sophomore center fielder recorded the game-winning hit in the Tigers' 7-4 victory on Saturday with a two-RBI double to score the go-ahead run, and scored the eventual game-winning run in the follow-up 7-2 win on Sunday. Christopher hit .385 for the week, but also provided four sacrifice bunts which moved runners into scoring position for Brian Martin (Livermore, Calif.), who finished the week with four RBI.

    In Saturday's game, Christopher came to bat with the score tied at 4-4, with runners on first and second and two down. He delivered a two-run double to left-center, giving the Tigers a 6-4 lead. He came up big on Sunday as well, as with no score in the top of the third, Christopher again hit a two-run double this time to right-center, giving the Tigers a 2-0 lead. He would eventually come around to score on a RBI double by Martin, which would be the eventual game-winning third run, as the Tigers posted the 7-2 win. One inning later, Christopher connected on a two-run triple down the right field line, driving in the sixth and seventh runs of the contest. He now leads the team with three triples on the season. On the week, Brett finished with six RBI to lead the team, four sacrifice bunts and three extra base hits (two doubles and a triple in Pacific's two wins over the Anteaters).

    Senior Hunter Carnevale (Roseville, Calif.) pitched 11 scoreless innings on the week against Sacramento State and No. 25 UC Irvine and for his efforts was voted by the conference as the Big West Pitcher of the Week for the week ending April 18.

    Carnevale picked up the win in both games out of the bullpen, coming in with Pacific trailing 4-3 against UC Irvine on Saturday, April 17, and with the score knotted up at 2-2 against the Hornets on Tuesday, April 13. He has now made five-straight appearances without allowing a single earned run across the plate. On Tuesday against Sacramento State, Carnevale entered in a 2-2 tie and shut down Sacramento State, allowing just four baserunners (three hits and a walk), while striking out five in 5.1 innings of work, leading the Tigers to a 5-2 victory. Against No. 25 UC Irvine, Carnevale came into the game with the Tigers trailing by one and kept the Anteaters scoreless through 5.2 innings of relief. Hunter helped Pacific snap a five-game losing streak dating back to the past three years with the Anteaters and helped the Tigers claim their first series victory over UC Irvine since May of 2005.

    After this week, Carnevale was able to drop his ERA down to a team-leading 3.11, with a spectacular 1.74 ERA in Big West Conference action. Carnevale is the first pitcher to win the nod this season and is the second Tiger to gain a Big West Athlete of the Week award as freshman John Haberman (Stockton, Calif.) was named Player of the Week on March 28.