Pacific Baseball: Walk-off Homerun Hands Pacific 4-1 Loss At CS Bakersfield
Despite coming back in the top of the seventh inning, Pacific was outlasted in 10 innings after a three-run walk-off homerun and fell 4-2 at Cal State Bakersfield.
With the loss Pacific fell to 29-17 while the Roadrunners improved to 22-24 on the year.
Tied 1-1 in only its second extra-innings contest of the season, Pacific attempted to strike again in the top of the 10th frame. After two quick outs, senior Mike Walker (Marysville, Calif.) tried to keep Pacific's hopes alive when he singled for the first baserunner of the inning. But his time there was limited, as Walker's single into shallow left field caused him to round first towards second. Before Walker could scramble back to first, the relay throw from left was already soaring towards Walker and he was tagged out at first base to end the inning.
Pacific came into the bottom of the inning backed against a wall after junior Thomas Berolzheimer (Stockton, Calif.) relinquished back-to-back singles with one out in the inning, putting runners at the corners. As the infield drew in, catcher Jeremy Rodriguez sealed his fate as the hero in the game when he launched a game-winning walk-off homer over the right field wall. That gave Cal State Bakersfield the 4-1 victory in the first game of the three-game series.
Earlier in the contest, the Roadrunners jumped on the board and took the lead first with one run in the bottom of the sixth inning to take a 1-0 lead. Although Kevin Younger led off the inning with a deep triple to right center field, starting pitcher junior Marcus Pointer (Pacifica, Calif.) was able to get out of the jam and only allowed Younger to cross the plate. A sacrifice fly brought Younger home, and Pointer was able to retire the next two consecutive batters to limit the run-scoring chances for Cal State Bakersfield.
Faced with the possibility of a loss, the Tigers took it upon themselves to come back and even the score in the top of the seventh.
Senior Ben Gorang (Turlock, Calif.) led off the inning with his second infield single to shortstop. Junior Matthew Carvutto (Poway, Calif.) followed suit and tallied a second-consecutive single, this one into left field, which allowed the speedy Gorang to advance over to third base. Then sophomore Brett Christopher (Livermore, Calif.) stepped up and tied up the game with his RBI fielder's choice. Christopher hit to second base as Carvutto was eliminated on the play, however Gorang came home to score and knotted the contest up at 1-1.
Berolzheimer was tagged with the loss and fell to 0-1 on the season, while Martin Medina picked up the win after keeping Pacific scoreless through the game's final three innings. Pointer left the game without a decision after 8.0 innings of work, which included a season-high eight strikeouts after facing 32 batters with 129 pitches. Pointer only allowed one earned run off six hits.
Offensively, Gorang and Carvutto led Pacific as each tallied a 2-for-4 showing at the plate. Gorang also recorded the Tigers' only run while Christopher their only RBI.
Pacific next returns to action on Saturday, May 15 for a 1 p.m. first pitch.