Pacific Baseball Wins Ninth Conference Game, Bashing UC Davis 12-1
Behind a solid eight-inning showing from junior RHP Marcus Pointer (Pacifica, Calif.), the Pacific baseball team pounded out a 12-1 victory over UC Davis on Friday, May 7. With the win, Pacific matches its total number of conference victories from 2009, improving to 9-7 in Big West play and 27-16 overall. The Aggies dropped to 19-22 and 4-9 in conference.
UC Davis entered the scoring debate first in the contest, going to work quickly against Pointer with its only run scored in the bottom of the second inning, before Pointer settled down and put a stop to the Aggies' scoring.
Early into the top of the third inning, an RBI single from junior Nick Longmire (San Diego, Calif.) knotted the contest at 1-1. The Tigers came back for what would be the go-ahead run in the top of the third inning after junior Brian Martin (Livermore, Calif.) drove in Longmire from second base. Longmire reached scoring position after he stole second during Martin's at-bat.
Up 2-1 in the top of the fifth, Pacific decided to buckle down and run away with the game. Sophomore Brett Christopher (Livermore, Calif.) opened up the top of the fifth with a lead-off single, taking the first pitch he saw past shortstop Scott Heylman. Longmire followed up and singled to right center field after only the second pitch of the inning and moved Christopher into scoring position at second base. In what would have been a check back attempt at second base, starting pitcher LHP Dayne Quist balked in his motion back to second, allowing both runners to advance to second and third base. With two runners in scoring position, Martin added to his RBI tally yet again when he singled into right field and brought home Christopher to lead 3-1 with no outs in the frame.
As Longmire stood aboard third base, senior Mike Walker (Marysville, Calif.) blooped a single into center field and drove in another run to take a 4-1 lead, which advanced Martin into scoring position at second base. After the back-to-back-to-back hits, junior J.B. Brown (Alvin, Texas) became the first player in the inning to reach without recording a hit. On what could have a been a fielder's choice, Brown bunted back up to the pitcher, but a throwing error from Quist to third loaded the bases still without an out recorded in the field by UC Davis.
The fruitful inning continued when senior Joe Oliveira (San Diego, Calif.) tallied yet another single, this time to left center field and brought home Martin unearned for a 5-1 lead. That gave rise to freshman John Haberman's (Stockton, Calif.) plate appearance with the bases once again loaded without an out. Haberman drew a full-count walk and moved each runner up 90 feet, including scoring Walker to take a 6-1 lead before the Aggies went to their bullpen.
Facing a new pitcher in C.J. Blom after one out into the inning junior Matthew Carvutto (Poway, Calif.) drew a five-pitch walk with an RBI as Brown scored and tipped the scales 7-1. Christopher, who led off the inning, got a second look at the plate in the frame and reached on a fielder's choice that eliminated Carvutto at second base, but brought home Oliveira for an 8-1 lead. The inning continued when Longmire bashed a two-out double down the right field line to score Haberman and take a 9-1 lead. The nine-run fifth inning finally came to a close after Martin continued the hitting barrage with a two-RBI single into left center. On the play, Longmire and Christopher scored to give the Tigers the productive 11-1 lead.
Pointer turned it on after his nine-run lead, keeping the Aggies scoreless for the remainder of his stint in the game. Pacific tacked on one final run in the top of the ninth to give the Tigers a 12-1 lead. He capped off the afternoon by facing 35 batters through eight innings, relinquishing eight hits and only one run in the contest. Senior RHP Casey Neimeyer (Woodland, Calif.) closed out the contest on the hill and was the second pitcher to keep the Aggies scoreless, holding on for Pacific's 27th victory in 2010.
On the mound Pointer earned the win and improved his record to 7-3, while Quist suffered the loss and fell to 6-4 on the year. Offensively, Longmire led Pacific with a 4-for-5 showing at the plate that included three runs scored and two RBI.
The second game of the series is set for a 1 p.m. first pitch on Saturday, May 8.