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    Pacific Baseball: Streaking Tigers Kick Off Conference Play This Weekend

    Mar 30, 2010
    Riding a four-game win streak over No. 19 Stanford and San Jose State last week, the Pacific baseball team looks to continue its success into Big West Conference play which begins this week. Pacific is seeking its first road win over the 49ers since the 1998 season. Head Coach Ed Sprague is also in search of his 150th victory at Pacific, as he currently sits at 147 career wins.

    The Tigers will play a three-game series at Long Beach State which kicks off on Thursday, April 1 at 6:30 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:
    Thursday, April 1 - at Long Beach State, 6:30 p.m.
    Friday, April 2 - at Long Beach State, 6:30 p.m.
    Saturday, April 3 - at Long Beach State, 2 p.m.
    Tuesday, April 6 - at Santa Clara, 6 p.m.

    Pacific Baseball Last Week (4-0):
    Tuesday, March 23 - vs. No. 19 Stanford, W 9-4
    Friday, March 26 - at San Jose State, W 18-10
    Saturday, March 27 - at San Jose State, W 8-7
    Sunday, March 28 - vs. San Jose State, W 3-2 (11)

    RHP Marcus Pointer (5-0, 3.92) vs. RHP Andrew Gagnon (3-3, 3.13)

    LHP David Rowse (5-0, 4.07) vs. RHP Jake Thompson (3-0, 3.69)

    RHPS JAKE HUMMEL/HUNTER CARNEVALE vs. RHP Branden Pinder (2-3, 4.15)

    The 49ers lead the all-time series record, 73-23, but Pacific is off to its hottest start since its last 30-win season (2006) and is receiving votes while Long Beach State is amidst a .500 season. The 49ers currently ride a 14-game winning streak over Pacific, sweeping all season series meetings since the 2006 season. Pacific last claimed a victory over Long Beach State on April 22, 2005, in which the Tigers won 5-1 at home. The last time the Tigers defeated the 49ers in Long Beach, Calif., came back on March 29, 1998, when Pacific also won by a final 5-1 decision.

    For his efforts helping lead the Pacific baseball team to its first home win over No. 19 Stanford since 1995 and completing the series sweep over San Jose State, freshman John Haberman (Stockton, Calif.) is the first Tiger this season to be named Big West Conference Player of the Week for the week ending March 28.

    Helping Pacific to its first sweep of 2010 on Sunday against San Jose State, Haberman drove in all three of Pacific's runs, including the run in the bottom of the ninth inning that pushed the game into extra innings. Down by one in the bottom of the 11th, Haberman singled with the bases loaded to drive in both the tying and winning run for the 3-2 victory. On the weekend, Haberman tallied three doubles to push his season total to nine now, for the second-most doubles on the roster. His 9-for-18 showing puts him at a .509 batting average through 53 at-bats to lead the Tigers. Haberman's 10 RBI are also the most he's tallied in a weekly series.

    In addition to his showing at the plate, Haberman also earned the win on the mound in Tuesday's 9-4 victory over No. 19 Stanford, pushing his record as a pitcher to 1-0 in two starts. Haberman has served as Pacific's most clutch hitter through the non-conference season, as he has helped Pacific to a 16-7 record - its best start since going 16-7 back in the 2006 season. Prior to that season, the Tigers started out the 2003 season with a 16-6 record and in 2000, Pacific kicked off its campaign with a 16-7 record.

    Completing its first series sweep of the 2010 season, the Pacific baseball team toppled San Jose State after two RBI from freshman John Haberman (Stockton, Calif.) in the bottom of the 11th inning, 3-2, on Sunday, March 28.

    With the victory Pacific improved to 16-7 on the year while San Jose State fell to 9-13. Both teams combined for 10 double plays turned, with five from each side, which ties an NCAA record that was set on April 4, 1989, as Georgetown (six) and George Mason (four) were the last two teams to combine for 10 double plays.

    Trailing by one in the bottom of the 11th inning, the Tigers looked to do some damage when they sent junior Brian Martin (Livermore, Calif.) to the plate in hopes of keeping the contest from going into further innings. After taking one pitch, Martin singled up the middle to represent the tying run at first base. Head coach Ed Sprague then lifted Martin out of the contest in favor of junior Jake Hummel (Peoria, Ariz.) as a pinch runner at first. During what could have been the 11th double play of the contest, senior Mike Walker (Marysville, Calif.) dribbled a ball up the middle that second baseman Karson Klauer misplayed for the Spartans' second costly error of the contest to put runners at first and second with no one out. Freshman Dustin Torchio (Santa Cruz, Calif.) then came up with the intention of advancing both runners and offered a bunt that rolled down the third base line to load the bases. That was all the Spartans would see from their first reliever out of the bullpen, John Austin, before handing the ball to Esteban Guzman in order to hold the Tigers.

    For the first time since the 1994 season the Pacific baseball team is receiving votes in a national collegiate baseball poll. During that season, the Tigers finished with a 36-18 overall record which included a 22-game winning streak from Feb. 25 to April 5, 1994.