Pacific Baseball Hosts No. 13 Cal State Fullerton In Year's Biggest Match-Up
Pacific faces its biggest challenge of 2010 this weekend when the Tigers host No. 13 Cal State Fullerton in search of their first-ever series win at home against the Titans. Cal State Fullerton leads the Big West Conference and sits only three games ahead of the third-place Tigers.
Pacific also has a shot to make a case for its first-ever NCAA Regional if the Tigers can make a strong showing against Cal State Fullerton this weekend. Both teams enter the series with 25 wins, as the Tigers are 25-14 overall and 7-5 in Big West play, while the Titans stand at 25-13 and 10-2 in conference. Pacific takes a three-game winning streak into the series, while Cal State Fullerton has won its last seven straight and has claimed 13 of its last 15 contests.
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Pacific Baseball This Week:
Friday, April 30 - vs. No. 13 Cal State Fullerton, 6 p.m.
Saturday, May 1 - vs. No. 13 Cal State Fullerton, 6 p.m.
Sunday, May 2 - vs. No. 13 Cal State Fullerton, 1 p.m.
Pacific Baseball Last Week (3-1):
Wednesday, April 28 - vs. Santa Clara, W 13-7
Friday, April 25 - vs. Cal State Northridge, W 12-4
Saturday, April 24 - vs. Cal State Northridge, W 4-1
Sunday, April 23 - vs. Cal State Northridge, L 1-8
PROBABLE FRIDAY STARTERS:
RHP Marcus Pointer (6-1, 3.86) vs. RHP Dylan Floyro (2-0, 4.28)
PROBABLE SATURDAY STARTERS:
LHP David Rowse (6-0, 4.97) vs. RHP Daniel Renken (6-2, 4.47)
PROBABLE SUNDAY STARTERS:
RHP Jake Hummel (4-2, 3.39) vs. RHP RHP Tyler Pill (4-4, 3.36)
CAL STATE FULLERTON SERIES HISTORY
Coming off the heels of its first series victory over Cal State Fullerton in head coach Ed Sprague's career last season, the Tigers trail the Titans 11-72 in the all-time series. In 2009, Pacific claimed a 5-4 victory to open the series on April 17 and then a 14-10 victory the following day to take two-of-three from Cal State Fullerton. Prior to that, Pacific hadn't won a game since April 13, 2002, when Pacific claimed its most recent win at home, 8-7 on April 13. In the history of the series, Pacific has never won two of three, or even swept the Titans, at home.
ROWSE TOES PACIFIC'S BEST START AS PITCHER GOING 7-0
Limiting Cal State Northridge to just one run, senior LHP David Rowse (Pleasanton, Calif.) improved to a perfect 7-0 on the season which matches Ron Lewis's 7-0 start recorded in 1995, for the best start as a pitcher in Tiger history. Pacific, who won 4-1 on Saturday, April 24, improved to 23-14 overall and 6-5 in the Big West Conference while the Matadors dropped to 21-16 and 3-5 in conference play.
The Tigers' breakthrough inning came in the bottom of the sixth, when Pacific was able to put its starting pitcher, Rowse, in line for a decision. Entering the sixth tied 1-1, junior Nick Longmire (San Diego, Calif.) knocked a 1-1 pitch to third base, but Justin DeMarco sailed the ball over Dominic D'Anna's glove at first base. On the error Longmire reached safely as the first baserunner of the inning. Sophomore Brett Christopher (Livermore, Calif.) then became the next runner to reach base when he was hit by a pitch from RHP Paul Tremlin and put runners on first and second. Cal State Northridge then went to its bullpen, calling on Jimmy Jolicoeur to take over.
One out later, senior Mike Walker (Marysville, Calif.) flew out to center field, but the ball carried enough for Longmire to tag at second and advanced to third base. Junior J.B. Brown (Alvin, Texas) came up next and his patience was rewarded after a full-count walk to load the bases. The hero of the inning would turn out to be senior Joe Oliveira (San Diego, Calif.) who launched a shot off DeMarco at third that bounced behind shortstop TS Reed. This allowed for both Longmire and Christopher to come home unearned and give Pacific a 3-1 lead.
Against Cal State Fullerton this weekend, Rowse will look record the Tigers' best pitching record ever as he aims to go a perfect 8-0 this Saturday.
CARNEVALE IMPROVES TO 24-CONSECUTIVE INNINGS WITHOUT EARNED RUN
Dating back to April 6 against Santa Clara on the road, senior RHP Hunter Carnevale (Roseville, Calif.) has tossed 24.0 innings over eight appearances without allowing an earned run. Since then Carnevale has dropped his ERA down from a 5.14 to a team-leading 2.77 ERA and along the way has picked up three wins to improve his record to 3-3. During that stretch, Hunter has also picked up two more saves to give him a team-leading four saves in 2010. On the season, Carnevale has now struck out 44 batters, just one shy of senior RHP Marcus Pointer's (Pacifica, Calif.) 45, which he has compiled in 69.2 innings pitched compared to Hunter's 52.0 innings of work.
Carnevale's 2.77 ERA is now the second-best in conference, behind UC Irvine's Daniel Bibona who holds a 2.28 ERA on the season. Carnevale will look to continue his solid pitching in relief against the Titans this weekend.
BROWN MOVES UP TO NO. 7 MIDDLE INFIELDER IN THE NATION
After being named the ninth-best middle infielder in the country by Rivals.com last week, junior J.B. Brown has tacked on six more hits and two more doubles to bring his 2010 batting average to a team-leading .423, highlighted by his second-best 112 field assists and 32 double plays turned in the Big West Conference.
TIGERS RECEIVING VOTES FOR FIFTH WEEK
Pacific is receiving votes in the national top-25 polls for the fifth time this week. This now marks the sixth time in Pacific history the Tigers have accomplished such a feat, now with a 25-14 record on the season. Pacific is two solid wins away from being nationally-ranked, as No. 13 Cal State Fullerton awaits the Tigers this weekend. Pacific has never, in the history of the program, won a series against the Titans at home and has only won two series in history, both coming in Fullerton, Calif., back in 1997, and more recently, 2009.