Pacific Baseball: Pacific Falls 10-3 to Nevada in Final Game of the Series
After senior right-handed pitcher Casey Neimeyer (Woodland, Calif.) retired the first two batters of the game on groundouts, the next Nevada hitter recorded a solo shot to right field to put up a 1-0 lead for the Wolf Pack.
In the bottom of the first, senior Joe Oliveira (San Diego, Calif.) doubled to center field, but trying to push a triple, was thrown out at third.
Nevada came back and put up one run in the third and one in the fourth to take a steady 3-0 lead over the Tigers. In the top of the fourth, the lead off hitter for the Wolf Pack homered to left field, to extend the lead to 4-0. With the bases loaded, Pacific brought in reliever sophomore John Prato Matthews (Davis, Calif.). Prato Matthews gave up a single to the first batter he faced, but forced the next hitter into a double play to end the two-run inning, as Nevada had a 5-0 lead.
The Tigers were unable to put up runs again in the bottom of the fourth. Junior Nick Longmire (San Diego, Calif.) started the inning off with a single, but was thrown out at second on a fielder's choice.
Pacific stopped the Wolf Pack's offense in the fifth, as the Tigers forced Nevada into a double play to end the inning, posting a zero for the first time in the game.
Three runs for Nevada scored in the sixth before Pacific made another pitching change, bringing in senior left-handed pitcher Jamie Niley (Elk Grove, Calif.) from the bullpen. A double play line out would end the inning, as the Tigers limited the Wolf Pack to three runs pushing their lead to 8-0.
Niley faced the minimum number of batters in the seventh, preventing Nevada from putting up any further runs. Junior J.B. Brown (Alvin, Texas) singled to left to start the seventh, but the Tigers were unable to bring him around, as the score remained 8-1.
Freshman right-hander Jonas Noack (San Diego, Calif.) was brought in for relief in the top of the eighth. Four hits were allowed to Nevada in the inning, on which the Wold Pack scored two more runs as they pushed their lead to 10-1.
Christopher drew a walk to start the bottom of the eighth off for the Tigers. Freshman Dustin Torchio (Santa Cruz, Calif.) hit into a fielder's choice, as Christopher was thrown out at second. Longmire singled to center, advancing Torchio to third. Oliveira would record an RBI, as Torchio scored the second run for the Tigers, narrowing the gap at 10-2.
Junior Jake Hummel (Peoria, Ariz.) entered the game as the new designated hitter in the ninth, coming up with a one out single. Senior Mike Walker (Marysville, Calif.) singled, bringing Hummel to third. A sacrifice fly by senior Matt Fuson (Lodi, Calif.) scored Hummel, making the score 10-3. With two outs, Christopher singled to third, moving Walker to second. Torchio walked to load the bases, but a fly out would end the inning and the game, as the Tigers fell 10-3 to Nevada.
Neimeyer was charged with the loss, falling to 1-1 on the year. The Wolf Pack's starter, Chris Garcia, improved to 1-0 on the season.
The Tigers are back in action at Klein Family Field on Friday, March 5 to take on Seattle University in a four game series kicking off at 6 p.m.