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Pacific Baseball Looking To Continue Hot Start To 2010

Mar 3, 2010
After claiming its home opener against San Francisco two weeks ago, the Pacific baseball team followed that up by winning its second-consecutive series against Nevada last week. This weekend, the Tigers have their sights set on a third series victory, this time against Seattle.

All games during the 2010 season will be broadcast for free on pacifictigers.com. You can also follow every game in 2010 on Gametracker. Select games this season will also be broadcast at KWSX 1280 AM.

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Pacific Baseball This Week:
Thursday, March 4 - vs. Seattle, 6 p.m.
Friday, March 5 - vs. Seattle, 6 p.m.
Saturday, March 6 - vs. Seattle, 2 p.m.
Sunday, March 7 - vs. Seattle, 12 p.m.

Pacific Baseball Last Week (2-2):
Wednesday, Feb. 24 - at Stanford, L 6-11
Saturday, Feb. 27 (Game 1) - vs. Nevada, W 11-6
Saturday, Feb. 27 (Game 2) - vs. Nevada, W 6-4
Sunday, Feb. 28 - vs. Nevada, L 10-3

PROBABLE THURSDAY STARTERS:
RHP Marcus Pointer (2-0, 2.19) vs. RHP Blaine Jones (0-0, 19.64)

PROBABLE FRIDAY STARTERS:
LHP David Rowse (1-0, 3.46) vs. LHP Conor Spink (0-1, 7.27)

PROBABLE SATURDAY STARTERS:
TBA vs. RHP Brian Shannon (0-0, 7.71)

PROBABLE SUNDAY STARTERS:
TBA vs. RHP Arlo Evasick (0-1, 6.10)

BASEBALL'S KWSX BROADCAST SCHEDULE ANNOUNCED
KWSX 1280 AM in Stockton has picked up eight broadcasts for the 2010 baseball season. During all road contests, Media Relations Assistant Monique Moyal will be providing play-by-play commentary and at home Media Relations Director Mike Millerick will have the call.

KWSX 1280 AM will air the following contests about 15 minutes prior to the first pitch:

04/01/10 at Long Beach State* Long Beach, Calif. 6:30 p.m. PT
04/02/10 at Long Beach State* Long Beach, Calif. 6:30 p.m. PT
04/03/10 at Long Beach State* Long Beach, Calif. 2:00 p.m. PT
04/06/10 at Santa Clara* Santa Clara, Calif. 6:00 p.m. PT
04/17/10 at UC Irvine* Irvine, Calif. 1:00 p.m. PT
05/08/10 at UC Davis* Davis, Calif. 1:00 p.m. PT
05/25/10 vs. Cal Klein Family Field 6:00 p.m. PT
05/30/10 vs. UC Santa Barbara Klein Family Field 1:00p.m. PT

* - Denotes Big West Conference game

KEY PLAYERS OFF TO HOT STARTS IN 2010
Brian Martin (Livermore, Calif.), Brett Christopher (Livermore, Calif.) and right-handed pitchers Marcus Pointer (Pacifica, Calif.) and Jake Hummel (Peoria, Ariz.) are off to hot starts in the 2010 season. Martin currently leads Pacific's offensive charge with a .481 batting average through seven games played. In 27 at-bats the junior has compiled a team-high 13 hits and leads the pack with four doubles already under his belt this season. For that reason, his total bases count leads the squad (17) and his six RBI ties for the best on the team. Finally, Martin's .630 slugging percentage leads the team.

Hailing from the same hometown as Martin, Christopher is also off to a torrid start in 2010. In six games played, Christopher is the only hitter to have compiled a hit in every game played. In addition to his six-game hitting streak, Brett has also tallied two multi-hit games. In the extra base hits category, Christopher has tallied a double and his first career homerun, which he struck in last weekend's series against Nevada. For his efforts, Christopher is batting .381.

On the mound a pair of transfers are adjusting seamlessly to the Division I style of play. Pointer, a 2009 Junior College All-American, has immediately produced when asked to fill in the role of the team's starting ace. In two appearances as the Friday starter, Marcus leads the team with 13.0 innings pitched and already boasts two wins on the year for a perfect 2-0 record. Pointer has limited opponents to only three earned runs for a 2.19 ERA in 2010.

Finally, Hummel has secured an early spot as the Tigers' top reliever. In one relief appearance last weekend, Hummel only saw one batter over the minimum through 3.0 innings pitched. During that time, he kept the Wolf Pack scoreless, struck out three and only surrendered one hit while using 43 pitches. For his efforts, Hummel was awarded his second save of the season and helped preserve the first win of the year for LHP David Rowse (Pleasanton, Calif.). This season Hummel's 1.35 ERA is the second-best on the team, as he has allowed only one earned run during three appearances to log 6.2 innings of work in 2010.

Joe Oliveira LANDS ON JOHNNY BENCH WATCH LIST FOR THIRD-STRAIGHT SEASON
For the third-straight season, senior Joe Oliveira (San Diego, Calif.) has been named to the watch list for the 2010 Coleman Company-Johnny Bench Award presented by The Greater Wichita Area Sports Commission. Fifty-three catchers have been selected this year, as nominated by their coaches.

The award is given annually to the top Division I collegiate catcher in the nation and will be narrowed down to 10 semifinalists on May 19, 2010, with the winner of the 2010 award announced during the 2010 College World Series on July 1.

This year, Oliveira is one of three catchers representing the Big West Conference among the 53 players named to the watch list. After earning a medical redshirt last season, Oliveira has returned to form in 2010 as the team's starting catcher. Through only 29 at-bats in seven games started, Oliveira is currently hitting .241 with six RBI. Behind the plate, Joe has picked off two baserunners and has caught five from stealing.

In only 11 games played last season prior to undergoing labrum surgery, Oliveira hit .258 in 31 at-bats. He finished the 2008 season with an overall batting average of .277 in 201 at-bats, the second-most plate appearances for a Pacific player. Joe paced the team with 24 stolen bases on 28 attempts. The last time a player from the Big West Conference won the award came back in 2004, when Kurt Suzuki of Cal State Fullerton took home the honor.

PACIFIC'S SERIES AGAINST SEATTLE EXTENDS TO FOUR DAYS
Once again this weekend's rainy forecast has forced the Pacific baseball team to change some of its game times against Seattle University. Pending weather, the series has been changed to a four-day match-up. The weekend schedule will look like this:

Thursday, March 4 at 6 p.m.
Friday, March 5 at 6 p.m.
Saturday, March 6 at 2 p.m.
Sunday, March 7 at 12 p.m.