Pacific Baseball: Rowse's Complete Game Lifts Pacific To 8-1 Victory Over Seattle
With the victory Pacific improved to 6-3 on the year, while Seattle dropped to 1-7 overall.
"The defense played great today; defense was key," Rowse said. "[Seattle] attacked the first pitch a lot so that fed into what I wanted to do. Joe [Oliveira] called a great game so that gave me time to get adjusted. And if you score eight runs and throw 93 pitches in the game, that gives you a great chance to win."
In a contest that lasted just over two hours, Rowse commanded the game defensively while using only 93 pitches through nine complete innings pitched. And that's exactly how the southpaw started off the game. Rowse turned in three quick outs, using only seven pitches to keep Seattle scoreless in the first. Offensively, Pacific was also kept quiet mustering only one hit in the bottom of the first inning with no score in the contest.
Pacific's bats awakened in the bottom half of the second frame after Rowse dazzled with only 10 additional pitches in the top of the second. Leading off the bottom of the second, senior Mike Walker (Marysville, Calif.) started the Tigers' offensive charge with an early single up the middle. Senior Matt Fuson (Lodi, Calif.) followed in the next plate appearance and reached on a fielding error by the third baseman that put Walker all the way over to third base and looking to score. As only the third batter of the inning up to the plate, junior J.B. Brown (Alvin, Texas) slugged a single past the second baseman, Cullen Hendrickson, that darted into right field and brought Walker home to give Pacific the 1-0 lead. The Tigers would only plate the lone run in the second, as Seattle countered with the same thing in the top of the third. However, Rowse's efficiency on the mound kept the Redhawks at bay with only one run through the entire game.
Knotted 1-1 into the bottom of the third inning, senior Joe Oliveira (San Diego, Calif.) tallied his second double of the 2010 season to ignite the inning's rally. In the ensuing at-bat junior Brian Martin (Livermore, Calif.) made use of his runner in scoring position and singled into right field to bring in the go-ahead run as Pacific added to its lead, 2-1. Two outs later, Walked shot off a pitch just over the right field wall for his second homerun of the season and doubled Pacific's runs as the Tigers went on to lead 4-1.
Up comfortably entering the top of the fourth, Rowse continued to dominate the Redhawks. Despite giving up one hit in the fourth inning, he only needed nine pitches to send Seattle back into the dugout and out on the field.
Two innings later, Pacific mounted another offensive charge in the bottom of the sixth. Fuson led things off with a four-pitch walk and Brown came through with a single immediately after putting runners at first and second base. That was all the Redhawks would see of their starting pitcher, Conor Spink, going to the bullpen to relieve him with Cody Goodfellow. Despite the different pitcher, it was the same result as sophomore Brett Christopher (Livermore, Calif.) laid a perfect bunt down the third base line, bringing Tigers to every bag. Senior Ben Gorang (Turlock, Calif.) seized the bases-loaded opportunity by looping a single into left field to drive in the first run of the inning (5-1) with no one out. After an infield fly gave the Tigers their first out of the inning, Martin was hit by a pitch from Goodfellow and earned an RBI as all runners advanced 90 feet and Brown scored to give Pacific a 6-1 lead. Then during junior Nick Longmire's at-bat, a wild pitch from Goodfellow allowed all runners to advance a base as Christopher came around to score the third run of the inning with a 7-1 lead.
The Tiger run-producing machine still had some more juice left in the bottom of the seventh inning, thanks to more defensive displays from Rowse on the mound during the first half of the frame. Walker drew a lead-off walk to start the bottom of the inning and then Fuson came next with a single through the left side to put runners in familiar territory, on first and second. Brown followed up with another single up the middle to load the bases. The Tigers then tallied their final run of the contest off a sacrifice fly into right field from Christopher that brought Walker home as Pacific jumped out to its final 8-1 lead.
Through nine complete innings pitched Rowse gave up one run off six hits and only 93 pitches to improve his record to 2-0 on the year. Spink was tagged with his second lost of 2010 after giving up six runs and nine hits through 5.0 innings of work. Offensively, Brown led the Tigers after going 3-for-4 with one RBI, while Walker finished 2-for-3 with two RBI off his second homerun of the year.
The Tigers next return to action for the third of this four game series against Seattle with a 2 p.m. first pitch on Saturday, March 6.