Pacific Baseball: Pacific Drops First Game Of Irish Baseball Classic, 10-1, To Bradley
With the loss Pacific dropped to 9-5 on the year and 2-1 in the tournament, while Bradley improved to 4-5 after the victory and 1-2 in the Irish Baseball Classic.
Senior Hunter Carnevale (Roseville, Calif.) was charged with the loss as he fell to 0-2 on the year. Bradley's starter Jacob Booden recorded his second win, improving to 2-0 on the season.
With two outs in the top of the first inning, junior Brian Martin (Livermore, Calif.) hit his first double down the right field line. But the Tigers would leave him stranded, unable to advance him any further.
The Braves wasted no time as they went ahead of the Tigers early, posting two runs on two hits in the bottom of the second inning, taking a 2-0 lead.
With one out in the second inning, senior Matt Fuson (Lodi, Calif.) singled to left. Freshman John Haberman (Stockton, Calif.) continued the trend, as he also singled to left. A double play would end the inning for the Tigers, as the score would remain in favor of Bradley 2-0.
It took Carnevale five pitches to retire the side in the second inning and faced three batters again in the third to end the inning.
Martin reached base on an error by the Braves to start the fourth inning. He moved down to second on a groundout by senior Mike Walker (Marysville, Calif.). A single into right field by junior J.B. Brown (Alvin, Calif.) advanced Martin to third base. But an inning-ending double play would keep Pacific scoreless, as the Braves kept their 2-0 lead.
The top of the sixth inning started off with the second of Martin's three doubles on the day. He would be thrown out on a fielder's choice, as Bradley maintained their 4-0 lead over Pacific.
Haberman started the seventh inning off for the Tigers with a single into right field. A double-play would clear the bases as senior Ben Gorang (Turlock, Calif.) stepped into the box. He would reach on a throwing error by the Braves' third baseman, but would be called out at second on a fielder's choice to end the inning.
A six run seventh inning for Bradley would boost their lead to 10-0 over the Tigers. Pacific looked to the bullpen to start the seventh, with sophomore John Prato Matthews (Davis, Calif.) the first to relieve starter Carnevale. Pacific would also call on senior Jamie Niley (Elk Grove, Calif.), freshman Jonas Noack (San Diego, Calif.) and junior Matthew Carvutto (Poway, Calif.). Carvutto would be the final pitcher of the game for the Tigers pitching 1.1 innings.
The first and only run the Tigers would score would be in the eighth inning. Martin hit his third double with one out to left field. He again advanced to third on a groundout by Walker. On a wild pitch, Martin would score, posting the first run for the Tigers, bringing the score to 10-1.
Carvutto recorded two strikeouts in the bottom of the eighth inning, but the Tigers were unable to get things started offensively in the top of the ninth, as Pacific fell 10-1 to the Braves.
With the 2-1 record, Pacific will seek redemption in the Championship Game, when they take on host Notre Dame at 11 a.m. PST. Pacific looks to repeat its fortunes from Friday, when the Tigers defeated the Irish, 8-4.