Pacific Baseball Wins First Home Game Against No. 19 Stanford Since 1995, 9-4
With the victory Pacific improved to 13-7 while the Cardinal fell to 10-5 on the season.
Pacific started things off early against the Cardinal and never looked back for the remainder of the contest. In the bottom of the first with one out in the inning, sophomore Brett Christopher (Livermore, Calif.) singled into right field for the first runner of the half inning. Starting pitcher Brett Mooneyham then followed through by walking junior Brian Martin (Livermore, Calif.) after a full-count pitch to put runners on first and second. In the ensuing at-bat, senior Mike Walker (Marysville, Calif.) grounded out to the pitcher, but was able to advance both runners into scoring position with two outs on the board.
With two runners in scoring position, junior J.B. Brown (Alvin, Texas) singled into left field to easily score Christopher as Pacific took a 1-0 lead. However, the relay throw from left came to third to try and beat Martin to the bag, but the throw soared out of play and turned into an error by third baseman Kenny Diekroeger, allowing Martin to come home for the second run as Pacific jumped out to a 2-0 lead. That was all the time Mooneyham would see from the mound, as Stanford went to the bullpen to call in Brian Busick for relief.
Up 2-0, Haberman relinquished one run in the top of the second to cut the Tigers' lead in half as the Cardinal trailed 2-1. But Pacific rallied behind its pitcher in the bottom half of the third frame. After a one-out single from Martin put a runner aboard first base, Walker doubled into left center for the RBI that put Pacific up 3-1 in the contest.
Haberman only faced one over the minimum in the earlier half of the third inning and then followed that up by retiring the side in order as the Cardinal went down 1-2-3 in the top of the fourth. Stanford could not muster another rally against Pacific's southpaw until the top of the fifth. Haberman induced two quick outs to start out the fifth until Tyler Gaffney singled into right field for the first Cardinal baserunner in over two innings. Gaffney then advanced to second on a wild pitch before Ben Clowe was hit by a pitch to put runners at first and second. Stephen Piscotty singled through the right side of the diamond as Stanford plated its second run of the game and still trailed 3-2. But Haberman fanned his second batter of the inning to close out the frame before Pacific answered back with three more runs.
Pacific's charge in the bottom of the fifth began with a fielding error by second baseman Colin Walsh which allowed Martin to reach first safely. One out later, in Pacific's comfortable two-out scenario, Brown doubled down the right field line as Martin went to third. Junior Matthew Carvutto (Poway, Calif.) chipped in a second double to allow both runs to cross the plate unearned for Stanford's pitching staff. The Tigers then took a 5-2 lead. Before leaving the game as the pitcher, Haberman recorded Pacific's third hit of the inning as he singled up the middle and brought home Carvutto to give the Tigers the 6-2 advantage.
Stanford tried to make things interesting in the top of the sixth, getting three runners on base and the tying run on deck. However, reliever RHP Hunter Carnevale (Roseville, Calif.) came in and took the reigns for Haberman, who only allowed one runner to come home. Carnevale then closed out the frame and stranded a pair of runners as the Cardinal had to settled with trailing by three runs, 6-3.
The Tigers once again responded with persistence, plating three more runs in the bottom of the sixth to lead 9-3. Stanford's final run of the contest came in the top of the seventh as both teams went scoreless in the last two half innings to record the final 9-2 victory in favor of Pacific.
Haberman earned the victory for Pacific and improved to 1-0 on the year, while Carnevale recorded his second save of 2010. Mooneyham took the loss for the Cardinal and fell to 0-3. Junior RHP Thomas Berolzheimer (Stockton, Calif.) got the start for Pacific on rehab assignment after facing three batters, and inducing one out. Offensively Pacific was led by Brown who went 3-for-4 with two RBI.
Of Pacific's 13 victories this season, the Tigers are now 10-4 at the home confines of Klein Family Field, tying the number of victories at home during the entire 2009 season.
Pacific next returns to action on Friday, March 26 for a 6 p.m. start at San Jose State.