Pacific Baseball Sweeps First Road Conference Series Since 2001, 11-7
Senior RHP Jake Hummel (Peoria, Ariz.) went the distance with 88 pitches through eight innings and despite trailing UC Davis early in the game was able to top the Aggies to give the Pacific baseball team an 11-7 victory on Sunday, May 8. The Tigers' sweep on the road is the first since 2001, when Pacific swept UC Riverside in Big West play.
With the victory Pacific improved to 29-16 overall and 11-7 in the Big West while UC Davis fell to 19-24 and 4-11 in conference play. The sweep is Pacific's second of 2010, and marks the second-consecutive time the Tigers have swept UC Davis since last season.
Trailing 7-5 entering the top of the sixth, Pacific stepped up and took control of the contest with a three-run inning to stay on top and hold on to the win for the remainder of the game. With one out, senior Mike Walker (Marysville, Calif.) singled into center field to open up the inning. The next batter up, junior J.B. Brown (Alvin, Texas) singled deep into left field on a hit-and-run play that had Walker wheeling around third and home to score. During the relay throw from left, Brown was able to advance to second and into scoring position while Walker beat out the tag and cut the deficit 7-6. With a runner on senior Joe Oliveira (San Diego, Calif.) singled to shortstop and helped move Brown over to third base, but Oliveira quickly reached scoring position with a wild pitch during freshman John Haberman's (Stockton, Calif.) at-bat. Haberman waited his turn, and while he could not come up with a single still produced offensively by grounding out to second base which allowed Brown to score and tie the game 7-7 while Oliveira advanced to third base.
Pacific did not stop there, however, as senior Ben Gorang (Turlock, Calif.) drew a full-count walk to put runners at the corners. Junior Matt Carvutto (Poway, Calif.) caught a break after a fielding error by the second baseman Justin Andrade could not come up with it, bringing home Oliveira to give Pacific an 8-7 lead. Scott Lyman began the game and was in line for a possible victory prior to the inning, but his appearance was stretched to 140 pitches where he finally left the game in line for the loss.
Both teams went scoreless for the next two innings and holding on by one into the top of the ninth inning, Pacific was able to come up and secure the victory. Junior Nick Longmire (San Diego, Calif.) led off the inning after he singled a 2-2 pitch to shortstop. One out later Longmire stole second during Walker's plate appearance, but Walker eventually came in and filled out first base after a five-pitch walk from Matthew Lewis. Lewis struggled with his command and immediately after the free pass, he walked Brown to load the bases. Things continued to fall apart for Lewis, when he hit Oliveira to bring home Pacific's ninth run to lead 9-7. Haberman took advantage of the three runners who had been handed their base, with a single through the right side of the field to drive in Walker for a 10-7 lead. One out later Carvutto was the next batter to take a pitch to the body and brought home another runner, Brown, to give the Tigers their final 11-7 lead.
In the bottom of the ninth, junior RHP Robbie Richardson (Lodi, Calif.) came in relief of Hummel and kept the Aggies scoreless to preserve Hummel's lead and complete the come-from-behind sweep.
From the first inning of the contest, it was not originally come-from-behind as Pacific plated two runs quick runs after a deep two-out blast over the right center field wall from Walker. Walker's homerun also scored junior Brian Martin (Livermore, Calif.) who drew a five-pitch walk to set the table for Walker. At that point, Pacific momentarily led 2-0.
In the bottom half of the frame, Hummel got into a jam by plating three runs to suffer a 3-2 deficit, but over the next two innings Pacific rallied back to reclaim the lead with three more runs.
In the top of the second, Lyman handed Oliveira a four-pitch walk to lead off the inning. Two outs later, after Oliveira advanced into scoring position at second base, he advanced only 90 feet from scoring after the game's first wild pitch. That's all Carvutto needed for his first of three RBI, when he orchestrated a single through the left side of the diamond and knot the score up at 3-3 after Oliveira scored from third.
Hummel rebounded by preserving the tight score after keeping UC Davis scoreless after facing the minimum.
Heading into the top of the third Pacific sprinted out ahead for its second lead of the game with two more runs. With one out, Walker followed up his homerun with a bunt single down the third base line that he beat out at first base. After Brown flew out to left field, Oliveira drew yet another walk to put runners on first and second base, Haberman then followed up with a single to short, bringing home Walker from second base to help Pacific break through the tie, 4-3. The second walk of the inning was dished out to Gorang to load the bases. Then Carvutto was hit by a pitch for the first of two times on the afternoon, tallying an RBI as Oliveira crossed home plate and gave Pacific a 5-3 lead.
UC Davis plated another run in the bottom of the third, but still trailed 5-4. The Aggies' final scoring effort came in the bottom of the fourth, while Pacific went scoreless in the top of the frame. Hummel offered three runs to the Aggies in the inning to give them a 7-5 lead for the last and final time of the contest.
Offensively Carvutto led Pacific with a 3-for-4 showing that included three RBI. On the hill, Hummel became the third Pacific started to tally his seventh win the season and improved to 7-2 while Lyman dropped to 3-6 on the year.
Pacific does not return to action until Friday, May 14, when they head to Cal State Bakersfield for a non-conference series that kicks off at 3 p.m.