Pacific Baseball Drops Final Series to UC Santa Barbara, 5-1
The Pacific baseball team dropped its final series of the 2010 season, falling to UC Santa Barbara 5-1 on Saturday, May 29.
With the loss Pacific's overall record now sits at 31-22 and 12-11 in Big West play, while the Gauchos improved to 23-30 and 9-14 in conference action.
Behind a complete game effort from starting pitcher RHP Greg Davis, the Pacific baseball team could only muster one run in the fifth inning of the contest, despite junior RHP Marcus Pointer (Pacifica, Calif.) limiting the Gauchos to only one run off two hits prior to that inning.
A one-out, Sean Williams double would be UC Santa Barbara's only hit for the first few innings as a wild pitch brought home the Gauchos' first run with two outs in the top of the first inning. That gave UCSB an early 1-0 lead, from which the Gauchos never looked back, despite Pacific's attempts at coming back on the mound.
Over the next two frames Pointer faced only one batter over the minimum with just Williams' double as the only hit of the contest. But to open up the fourth inning, Ryan Tregoning tallied UC Santa Barbara's second hit of the game. Tregoning, however, was later eliminated when a hit-and-run was caught in the outfield turning into a double play with Tregoning well past first base and unable to tag up.
UC Santa Barbara was able to strike one more time in the top half of the fifth before Pacific's only run of the contest. The Gauchos led 3-0 heading to the bottom of the frame.
Sophomore Josh Simms (La Mesa, Calif.) tallied his second hit of the game to lead off the bottom of the fifth. During junior Nick Longmire's (San Diego, Calif.) at-bat, Simms stole second and put himself into scoring position. That would prove to be huge for the Tigers, as Longmire singled deep into right field with enough distance to bring Simms home from second base. Pacific then trailed 3-1, but could not plate any further runs before the inning's three outs were recorded.
An early lead helped the Gauchos wrap up the contest, but UC Santa Barbara pitched in two more runs over the next three innings to seal the deal. The Gauchos plated one run in the top of the sixth, and then one final run in the top of the eighth inning for the final 5-1 victory.
Pointer suffered the loss from the hill and fell to 7-5 on the year, while Davis garnered the win and improved to 2-2 after his first complete game this season. Offensively, Simms led the Tigers with his 2-for-3 showing that included Pacific's only run scored in the game.
Pacific's final contest this season will kick off Sunday, May 30, with Pacific's eight seniors recognized 30 minutes prior to the first pitch at 1 p.m. Following the senior ceremony, Pacific will also hold a special Memorial Day Weekend edition of its final Salute to the Troops Sunday pregame ceremony.