Pacific Baseball Earns Series Victory Over San Francisco, 10-3
With the series win, the Tigers improve to 2-1 overall and San Francisco fell to 1-2.
It was a hitting clinic put on by the Tigers from the get-go, when they plated two runs in the bottom of the first. Senior Joe Oliveira (San Diego, Calif.) led things off on the second pitch of the half, when he drove an 0-1 count down the right field line for a single. Junior Brian Martin (Livermore, Calif.) then followed Oliveira and came up big for the Tigers with a second-consecutive single into center field, that sent Oliveira headed for third base. Seeing Oliveira breaking towards third, Pete Lavin tried to gun Oliveira down, but overthrew allowing Martin to advance to second on the throwing error.
Senior Mike Walker (Marysville, Calif.) then grounded out to second, but plated Oliveira from third for the RBI that put Pacific ahead 1-0 with only one out in the bottom of the first frame. Martin, who had advanced to third in Walker's at-bat, came around to score when junior Nick Longmire (San Diego, Calif.) also grounded out to second. Longmire's RBI gave Martin a run scored and Pacific a 2-0 lead just before the inning came to a close.
Not to be outdone, San Francisco responded right back with two runs of their own in the top of the second, tying the game 2-2.
Pacific would not have to wait any longer than two more innings before they generated more run-producing offense. One out into the inning, junior Matthew Carvutto (Poway, Calif.) landed safely aboard first after a fielding error at third from Stephen Yarrow. With a runner on, sophomore Allen Riley (Fresno, Calif.) doubled to left center, putting two runners in scoring position as Carvutto advanced to third on the hit. Those two runners were in place for senior Matt Fuson (Lodi, Calif.) who immediately tapped another single right up the middle of the diamond to score Carvutto and break out of the tie, 3-2. Senior Ben Gorang (Turlock, Calif.) next joined in the hitting barrage, lacing a single through the left side to score Riley and add to the lead, 4-2.
Starting RHP Casey Neimeyer (Woodland, Calif.) did his part on the mound to preserve the Tigers' lead, keeping San Francisco scoreless from the second inning on. He left the contest after six innings, allowing only two earned runs off six hits, in line for the win. Neimeyer was then relieved by junior John Prato Matthews (Davis, Calif.) in the top of the seventh inning.
But before Prato Matthews took to the hill, the Tiger hitters tallied two more runs in the bottom of the sixth. Junior J.B. Brown (Alvin, Texas) kick-started the inning by smashing the first pitch into center field for an easy single. Carvutto followed that up by tallying his first hit of the game, singling to left field and moving Brown over to third. Next up, Riley tallied the third-straight single, getting the RBI when Brown scored from third, as Pacific led 5-2. One out later, Gorang tallied his second hit and with it came his second RBI as he scored Carvutto from third, giving Pacific the 6-2 lead at the end of the sixth inning. However, Pacific's largest single-inning contribution had yet to occur.
Prato Matthews took to the mound and kept the Dons scoreless through his first inning of work in the top of the seventh. In the seventh, he allowed only one hit and stranded three. In the top of the eighth inning, Prato Matthews gave up one run off two hits, but that was all the Dons could muster.
Pacific responded back in the bottom of the eighth with four runs and went on to win, 10-3. Martin and Gorang led all players with three hits in the contest. From the mound, Neimeyer went on to earn the win, improving to 1-0 on the year as Prato Matthews garnered his first save of the season. Cameron Love took the loss for the Dons, falling to 0-1 on the year.
Pacific next returns to action when it heads to Stanford on Tuesday, Feb. 23.