Pacific Baseball: Pacific Falls To Kansas State In Season Opener, 5-3
The Pacific baseball team dropped a 5-3 decision to Kansas State in the season opener for both teams on Saturday, Feb. 19, at Klein Family Field. Kansas State broke a 3-3 tie with two runs in the top of the seventh inning and held on for the win.
The Wildcats struck first as freshman Jared King (Dublin, Ohio) doubled home sophomore Tanner Witt (Hawthorn Woods, Ill.) in the top of the first.
Pacific battled back to take a 2-1 lead in the third, as sophomore Dustin Torchio (Santa Cruz, Calif.) and senior Matt Carvutto (Poway, Calif.) each picked up RBI singles for the Tigers. Torchio, Carvutto, and junior Allen Riley (Fresno, Calif.) each went 2-for-4 on the afternoon to lead the Tigers offensively.
Kansas State struck twice in the top of the fourth to reclaim the lead, 3-2. Junior Jake Brown's (Russell, Kan.) RBI double to right field with two outs put the Wildcats back in front.
Pacific knotted the game at 3-3 in the bottom of the sixth, as junior Brett Christopher (Livermore, Calif.) was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded to bring home junior D.J. Johnston (Portola Valley, Calif.).
Kansas State then plated the decisive runs in the top of the seventh on a Witt RBI double and a King RBI single.
Senior Marcus Pointer (Pacifica, Calif.) took the loss for Pacific on the mound, dropping to 0-1. Pointer yielded five runs, seven hits, and five walks over 6.1 innings, while striking out two.
Junior Evan Marshall (Sunnyvale, Calif.) earned the win in relief for Kansas State, holding the Tigers scoreless over the final 3.2 innings.