Pacific Baseball Slugs Way To Series Win at CS Northridge, 13-11
Freshman catcher Jason Taasaas (Elk Grove, Calif.) turned in a five-hit ballgame including a game-tying home run in the eighth as Pacific tallied 24 hits en route to a 13-11 win at Cal State Northridge on Saturday at Matador Field. The Tigers erased a five-run deficit with an eight-run fourth inning, as Pacific sent 15 men to the plate.
Taasaas, who entered with five hits in the season, picked up two RBI singles in the fourth inning. He added his third single in the sixth, and led of the eighth with his first career-home run. In the ninth, he laid down a squeeze bunt which couldn't be handled for his fifth hit of the game.
Senior 1B Brian Martin (Livermore, Calif.) added a four-for-five day with two runs batted in, while junior LF Daniel Johnston (Portola Valley, Calif.) hit his team-leading fourth home run as part of a three-for-six afternoon. Junior RF Allen Riley (Fresno, Calif.) chipped in three hits with an RBI, while sophomore 3B Dustin Torchio (Santa Cruz, Calif.) added three hits and two runs batted in.
Pacific opened with a run in the first for the third-straight game, as Torchio singled to right. Senior DH/RHP Matt Carvutto (Poway, Calif.) reached with a fielder's choice with Torchio safe at second on an error. Martin followed with a single through the right side to plate Torchio and give the Tigers a 1-0 lead.
Northridge answered with a three-run first as LF Adam Barry and CF Drew Muren each singled with one out. After a hit batter, 3B Tommy Simis doubled to left to clear the bases and put the Matadors up 3-1.
The Tigers picked up a run back in the top of the second, as Johnston led off the inning with a deep fly to left field for his fourth homer of the season.
But the Matadors picked up four in the third, as after a hit by pitch and a pair of singles, Chris Allen delivered a two-run double. Simis scored on a wile pitch and RF Ridge Carpenter added an RBI ground out for a 7-2 Matadors advantage.
Pacific opened the fourth with a single from Johnston, who stole second base and came in to score on an RBI single to right by Taasaas. Junior SS Josh Simms sacrificed Taasaas to second, and sophomore 2B Tyger Pederson (Palo Alto, Calif.) set up first and third with a single, the first of five straight hits for the Tigers. Torchio singled in a run, and Carvutto hit a ground-rule double over the left field wall for an RBI. Martin added his second RBI single of the game to make it 7-6. Riley drove home Carvutto to cut the gap to one, and chase Northridge starting pitcher RHP Josh Goossen-Brown. Junior CF Brett Christopher greeted RHP Jacob Petersen with a RBI single to left to put Pacific ahead 8-7. Johnston reached on a fielders choice which plated Martin as Christopher was safe at second base ahead of the throw. Taasaas then posted his second RBI single of the inning, for a 10-7 Tigers lead. But Petersen retired the next two batters to end the damage for the Matadors.
The eight-run inning was the Tigers biggest frame of the season, topping the seven run inning the Tigers posted against San Jose State.
Freshman LHP Kyle Crawford (Modesto, Calif.) put down all three Matador hitters he faced and was in line for the win until the sixth. Carpenter singled off RHP Chris Larsen (Moline, Ariz.) to open the sixth. After a walk to Muren, DH Marty Bowen singled up the middle to cut the gap to 10-8. C Steven Keller followed with an RBI single and the Matadors tied the game at 10-10 as Allen poked a single through the left side.
Northridge took an 11-10 lead in the bottom of the seventh, when 2B TS singled off RHP Robbie Richardson (Lodi, Calif.). Carvutto came in to pitch, but Carpenter singled and Muren plated Reed with a sacrifice fly.
Northridge RHP Justen Gorski grooved his first pitch in the eighth, and Taasaas hammered it over the left field wall to tie the game in the eighth. On the very next pitch, Simms doubled to deep left with no body out. RHP Carlos Gonzalez entered to face Pederson, who sacrificed Simms to third, and Torchio followed with the single through the drawn in infield to put the Tigers on top 12-11.
In the ninth, Christopher singled and stole second base, and after a ground out by Johnston, Taasaas laid a bunt down the first base line. Christopher scored easily before Keller failed to come up with and Taasaas was aboard with his fifth hit of the game.
Carvutto (2-0) mowed the Matadors down in the ninth for his second win of the season. Gorski took the loss to fall to 3-5.
The win gave Pacific it's first Big West series win of the year, improving to 5-7 in the conference and 13-22 overall. Cal State Northridge falls to 18-21 overall, 1-8 in the Big West.
The Tigers are back in action on Tuesday at 6 p.m. in a non-conference road game against Santa Clara, as Pacific's seven-game road swing continues.