Pacific Baseball: Haberman Lifts Pacific Over San Jose State, 3-2, To Complete First Sweep of 2010
With the victory Pacific improved to 16-7 on the year while San Jose State fell to 9-13. Both teams combined for 10 double plays turned, with five from each side, which ties an NCAA record that was set on April 4, 1989, as Georgetown (six) and George Mason (four) were the last two teams to combined for 10 double plays.
Trailing by one in the bottom of the 11th inning, the Tigers looked to do some damage when they sent junior Brian Martin (Livermore, Calif.) to the plate in hopes of keeping the contest from going into further innings. After taking one pitch, Martin singled up the middle to represent the tying run at first base. Head coach Ed Sprague then lifted Martin out of the contest in favor of junior Jake Hummel (Peoria, Ariz.) as a pinch runner at first. During what could have been the 11th double play of the contest, senior Mike Walker (Marysville, Calif.) dribbled a ball up the middle that second baseman Karson Klauer misplayed for the Spartans' second costly error of the contest to put runners at first and second with no one out. Freshman Dustin Torchio (Santa Cruz, Calif.) then came up with the intention of advancing both runners and offered a bunt that rolled down the third base line to load the bases. That was all the Spartans would see from their first reliever out of the bullpen, John Austin, before handing the ball to Esteban Guzman in order to hold the Tigers.
Guzman's first batter, senior Matt Fuson (Lodi, Calif.) hit right to third base for a fielder's choice that eliminated Hummel at home, but kept the bases loaded with one out. But as the main culprit to pushing the game into extra innings during the bottom of the ninth, Haberman ended the game in victory for Pacific when he tallied a two-run single into right field that brought home both Walker and Torchio to give Pacific its final 3-2 advantage.
Earlier in the contest, Pacific received nine solid innings out of its starter RHP Hunter Carnevale (Roseville, Calif.) who limited San Jose State to only one run off nine hits, using 111 pitches. Carnevale's only run came across in the top of the fifth inning as San Jose State took an early 1-0 lead.
"I continued to try to execute my pitches and use the defense behind me," Carnevale said. "I felt really good out there, and was taking it one pitch at a time. Then it was crazy when we had runners on base both times (in the ninth and 11th innings) and my teammates kept telling me were going to get these runs for me and thank God they did."
Neither team could muster much offensive production through the next four innings, before Pacific responded back in the bottom of the ninth. In that familiar situation, trailing by one with two outs, junior J.B. Brown (Alvin, Texas) kept Pacific's hopes alive when he connected with a single up the middle. Brown was lifted for redshirt freshman Kyle Dodge (Sonora, Calif.) as a pinch hitter who's speed would prove useful in the following at-bat. Fuson landed a single into right field that was deep enough to advance Dodge two bases, all the way over to third. Then Haberman, Pacific's most consistent run-producing hitter, made use of his runner in scoring position and chipped a single into right field to bring home Dodge and send the contest into extra innings with the score knotted at 1-1.
San Jose State broke open the score once again in the top of the 11th, plating an unearned run off of Pacific's second reliever, junior RHP Robbie Richardson (Lodi, Calif.) to take 2-1 lead.
Richardson earned the win and boosted his record to 1-1 on the season while Austin suffered the loss for the Spartans and fell to 0-3 on the season. Offensively, Pacific was paced by Haberman who tallied all three RBI and finished with a 2-for-5 showing at the plate. Brown also did his part to lead the Tigers to victory after he went 3-for-4 on the day.
The third victory of the series against San Jose State marks Pacific's first sweep since taking three from UC Davis to open conference play back on March 29, 2009. The win also helps Pacific repay the Spartans who plagued the Tigers by claiming three games out of four during the 2009 season.
The Tigers closed out non-conference by winning at least two out of three in all five weekend series of the year, including this sweep of San Jose State. Pacific also took first place at the four-game Irish Baseball Classic in mid-March. The Tigers will look for their success to continue into Big West Conference action which kicks off next weekend. The Tigers next return to action on Thursday, April 1, for a 6:30 p.m. start at Long Beach State which kicks off Big West Conference play.