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    Pacific Baseball: Tigers Set For Final Series Before Conference Action

    Mar 24, 2010
    After huge victories over Pacific-10 Conference opponents USC and No. 19 Stanford last week, the Pacific baseball team looks to improve on its winning record before heading into Big West Conference play next weekend.

    This weekend the Tigers will travel to San Jose State on Friday and Saturday and then come home to host the Spartans on Sunday at 1 p.m.

    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:
    Friday, March 26 - at San Jose State, 6 p.m.
    Saturday, March 27 - at San Jose State, 1 p.m.
    Sunday, March 28 - vs. San Jose State, 1 p.m.

    Pacific Baseball Last Week (3-1):
    Friday, March 19 - vs. USC, W 8-2
    Saturday, March 20 - vs. USC, W 6-5
    Sunday, March 21 - vs. USC, L 9-15
    Tuesday, March 23 - vs. No 19 Stanford, W 9-4

    RHP Marcus Pointer (5-0, 2.04) vs. TBA

    LHP David Rowse (4-0, 3.09) vs. TBA

    RHP Jake Hummel (2-1, 4.26) vs. TBA

    The Spartans hold the 77-64 advantage over Pacific. On the road the Tigers trail 23-39 in the all-time series, but from Klein Family Field Pacific has won 39 games to San Jose State's 36. During the 2009 season, San Jose State claimed the first three games of the season, two at Klein and one in San Jose. However, in a mid-week contest at San Jose on April 14, 2009, the Tigers pulled out the 8-2 win despite San Jose State starting out its 2009 campaign as one of three undefeated teams in the country.

    After a month into the Division I baseball season, the College Baseball Foundation has compiled its annual Wallace Award Watch List, which recognizes the top shortstops in the nation. On Tuesday, March 23, senior Ben Gorang (Turlock, Calif.) of the Pacific baseball team was named to the list.

    The Wallace Award, sponsored by Mizuno, recognizes the nation's top shortstop and will be presented on July 2 in Lubbock, Texas, as part of the College Baseball Awards Show. Wallace Award committee co-chairs Kevin Dunagan and Tyler Young worked closely with the staff at the College Baseball Blog to ensure the best Division I shortstops were included.

    Through the non-conference season, Gorang sits as the Tigers' fourth-best hitter, as he is batting .386 at the plate. Additionally, he is third on the team with 22 hits, has compiled a .474 slugging percentage and a .403 on base percentage. In the field the senior shortstop anchors the defense, and has only tallied on error in 77 chances for a .987 fielding percentage.

    Included in the College Baseball Foundation's watch list are three Big West Conference shortstops: Gorang from Pacific, Matt Valaika of UC Santa Barbara and Christian Colon from Cal State Fullerton.

    Junior RHP Marcus Pointer (Pacifica, Calif.) is one of the reasons the Tigers are off to their best start in four seasons. Pacific, who is currently 12-7, went 12-7 to start out a season in 2006 when Pacific finished the year 30-25. From 2005 to 2006, Pacific tallied back-to-back 30-win seasons and the Tigers would like to be back on that track in hopes of the first Regional appearance in school history.

    Pointer is a key element to the Tigers' success after jumping out to an early 5-0 start. The last player to do so was Steve Fischer, who won his fifth game on March 11, 2000 over San Jose State to go 5-0. A season prior, both Mark Short and Darin Moore went 5-0 to start off the year, claiming their fifth wins against Long Beach State (Mar. 28, 1999) and UC Santa Barbara (Mar. 19, 1999), respectively. The only other 5-0 start in Pacific history was tallied by Kyle May in the 1998 season. May won his fifth contest against New Mexico State on March 14, 1998.

    The best start, however, was recorded by Ron Lewis who won his seventh game against UNLV on March 26, 1995. That year, Lewis jumped out to a 7-0 start to lead the Tigers who finished 26-26.

    Pointer's performance is unique, however. Of all the six 5-0 or better starts, Pointer is the only pitcher who has sped out to a 5-0 start in just five appearances this season, all as a starting pitcher. Just behind Pointer is LHP David Rowse (Pleasanton, Calif.) who has compiled a 4-0 record in five starts this year.

    On Feb. 28, 1995, the Pacific baseball team defeated Stanford at home, 10-2. That was the last time the Tigers knocked off the Cardinal at home until this season. The last time Pacific even defeated Stanford was not since 2008, when Pacific claimed as 10-6 decision on the road on March 21, 2008. At home, Pacific now has won three contests against the Cardinal in series history for a 3-22 all-time record from Klein Family Field.

    Tuesday's 9-4 victory over Stanford also marked Pacific's 13th victory, jumping out to a 13-7 record. Pacific's best start came back in 2006, when the Tigers started off that year 16-7. Pacific now is off to its best start since that 16-7 beginning when the Tigers went on to finish 30-25 for the second-straight 30-win season.

    Currently, the Tigers hold a 10-4 record from Klein Family Field in the early part of the 2010 season. Only 20 games in the Pacific baseball team has already tied its total number of victories from 2009, as Pacific went 10-14 in home games.