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    Pacific Baseball: Ninth Inning Rally Just Falls Short As Pacific Drops 6-5 Decision To USF

    Feb 20, 2010
    Trailing by two runs in the bottom of the ninth, the Pacific baseball squad put forth a two-out rally that fell two feet short as senior Mike Walker's (Marysville, Calif.) shot to right field was caught at the farthest point of the warning track for the final out. San Francisco held on to the 6-5 victory.

    With the loss, Pacific fell to 1-1 on the year while San Francisco improved to 1-1 on the year.

    San Francisco struck first in the second inning with three runs, only two of which had been earned for starting pitcher senior David Rowse (Pleasanton, Calif.), but Pacific came back to rally behind its starter with an identical three more runs in the bottom half of the inning.

    Pacific was able to break away from the tie first in the bottom off an RBI single from junior Brian Martin (Livermore, Calif.), to lead 4-3. But San Francisco would not go out quietly, posting three more runs in the top of the eighth, to take a 6-4 lead.

    With two outs in the bottom of the ninth, the Tigers were backed to the wall and tried to come up with a late-game rally. Senior Joe Oliveira (San Diego, Calif.) walked to start off the rally, and then Martin singled through the right side to advance Oliveira all the way to third. Freshman Kyle Dodge (Sonora, Calif.) then came to pinch run for Martin at first.

    Junior Nick Longmire (San Diego, Calif.) stepped up to the plate to represent the winning run, and singled down the left side to plate Oliveira, cutting the deficit 6-5. The Walker took his turn at the plate, and was feet away from winning the game with a walk-off homerun. However, Conor Bernatz was there at the warning track to snag the ball inside the park and preserve the Dons' victory.

    Senior Hunter Carnevale (Roseville, Calif.) took the loss for the Tigers, falling to 0-1 on the year, while Bob Mott earned the win for the Dons to improve 1-0. Juniors Longmire, Martin and Jake Hummel (Peoria, Ariz.) led the Tigers with two hits each, as Hummel and Martin went 2-for-3.

    Pacific next returns to action at 6:25 p.m. this evening, for the second leg of a doubleheader against San Francisco.