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Pacific Baseball: Pointer's Three-Hit Gem Gives Pacific 6-1 Victory Over Gonzaga

Mar 11, 2010
Behind the gem tossed by junior RHP Marcus Pointer (Pacifica, Calif.), the Pacific baseball team knocked off Gonzaga 6-1 on the first game of the Irish Baseball Classic on Thursday, March 11.

With the win Pacific improved to 8-4 on the year, while the Bulldogs dropped to 5-6 overall.

Pointer wasted no time on the mound and efficiently tossed his first career complete game that included tying a season-high six strikeouts in a contest that lasted just over two hours. Even more impressive was Pointer's ability to keep runners off the bases, as he allowed only one run off three hits in the contest.

"The story of the day was Pointer," said head coach Ed Sprague. "It was a great game. Pointer threw the ball extremely well and we played good defense."

Junior Nick Longmire (San Diego, Calif.) led off the bottom of the first inning for the Tigers with a walk. On a single from sophomore Brett Christopher (Livermore, Calif.), Longmire advanced to second base. Mike Walker (Marysville, Calif.) drove in Longmire on his first of two hits on the day, giving the Tigers an early 1-0 lead.

The only run Gonzaga would score would be in the top of the third inning. With a Cameron Edman on second, a base hit by Sean Wilson would bring him around to score and tie the game at 1-1.

Walker led off the fourth inning with a double, as his two hits on the day extended his hitting streak to seven games. He stole third and with two outs freshman John Haberman (Stockton, Calif.) drove him in with a single, putting the Tigers out in front for the remainder of the game, 2-1.

Longmire drew another walk with one out in the fifth inning. Christopher stepped into the box and hit his second homerun of the year, a two-run blast over the right field wall that gave Pacific a 4-1 lead over the Bulldogs.

Leading off the sixth inning was junior J.B. Brown (Alvin, Texas), who went deep for his first time of the year, boosting the Tigers' lead to 5-1. This homer would extend Brown's current hitting streak to 11 games, a year on the heels of Brown's team-leading 20-game hitting streak from 2009.

The Tigers would put up their last run in the eighth inning. Brown led off with a single into left. After he stole second, pinch hitter, junior Matthew Carvutto (Poway, Calif.), singled to advance Brown to third. Senior Joe Oliveira (San Diego, Calif.) hit into a fielder's choice, which allowed Brown to score the final run for the Tigers, giving them a 6-1 lead.

For his efforts, he was rewarded with his fourth victory (4-0) in his fourth start for the Tigers. Cody Martin took the loss for the Bulldogs and fell to 1-1 on the year.Christopher led the Tigers at the plate with his 3-for-4 showing that included two RBI.

Pacific next returns to action when they take on host Notre Dame for a 1 p.m. first pitch on Friday, March 12.