Pacific Baseball: Six-Run Second Is Too Much For Pacific; Falls 8-4 at Cal Poly
A six-run second inning proved to be too much for the Pacific baseball team, as the Tigers dropped an 8-4 series opener at Cal Poly on Friday, May 21.
With loss Pacific dropped to 30-19 on the year and 11-8 in Big West play, while the Mustangs improved to 19-30 and 9-13 in conference play.
Despite the loss the Tigers struck first to open up the game and claimed a short-lived 2-0 lead. Sophomore Brett Christopher (Livermore, Calif.) opened up the frame with his team-leading sixth triple of the season into left center field. With a runner standing only 90 feet from scoring, junior Nick Longmire (San Diego, Calif.) wasted no time and drove in two runs with one swing of the bat. He homered to center field to drive in Christopher and make it a quick 2-0 game.
In the bottom of the inning the Tiger starter, RHP Marcus Pointer (Pacifica, Calif.) relinquished one run and preserved Pacific's lead 2-1. The Tigers went quietly in the top of the second and Cal Poly took advantage with a six-run bottom of the second. The Mustangs turned the tables as Pacific trailed 7-2.
Pacific tried to mount a comeback in the next half inning. Trailing by five runs the Tigers had a daunting task awaiting them. Sophomore Josh Simms (La Mesa, Calif.) opened up the inning with another extra base hit, doubling down the right field line. One out later, with Longmire up to bat for the second time Simms advanced to second base on a wild pitch and into scoring position. Longmire earned a free pass via a four-pitch walk to get aboard for the second time of the day and put runners on first and second. That set the table for junior Brian Martin (Livermore, Calif.). Martin took advantage of his runners and tallied an RBI single with an infield hit to first base that scored Christopher from second. The Tigers then trailed 7-3 after three innings.
Both teams swapped scoreless innings until the top of the sixth when the Tigers tried to chip away again. With two outs in the inning, senior Joe Oliveira (San Diego, Calif.) chipped in Pacific's second homerun of the contest and gave the Tigers their fourth run of the game to trail 7-4.
The Mustangs were able to ride their early lead for the remainder of the game and tallied the final run in the bottom of the seventh to make it an 8-4 game.
Pointer tossed 108 pitches over 6.0 innings and suffered the loss on the mound and fell to 7-4 on the year. Cal Poly's Matt Leonard earned his first victory of 2010 and improved to 1-7 with his complete game, 145 pitch effort. Offensively Longmire led the Tigers with his 2-for-4 showing at the plate and two RBI. He was the only player on Pacific's roster to record multiple hits in the game.
The series continues on Saturday, May 22, when Pacific takes on host Cal Poly at 6 p.m.