Pacific Baseball: Tigers Drop Second Game To Kansas State, 7-4
Taking on Kansas State in the second game of the day, Pacific's baseball team dropped a 7-4 decision to the Wildcats. With the loss the Tigers fell to 0-2 on the season, while the Kansas State improved to 2-0 on the year.
After junior right-handed pitcher John Prato Matthews (Davis, Calif.) retired the first batter of the game on a lineout Kansas State's Jared King reached base on a walk. A pick-off attempt by Prato Matthews to first base resulted in a wild throw down the right field line allowing King to advance to third base with one out in the inning. Prato Matthews then struck out the third batter of the inning, but a series of unusual at-bats followed. Junior catcher Jake Sylvester (Livermore, Calif.) was called for catcher's interference twice in the inning allowing two runners to reach base while four runs to cross the plate. Pacific was then had three batters shut down in the bottom half of the inning.
In the bottom of the second, junior Allen Riley (Fresno, Calif.) doubled to center field to lead off the inning, however as a result of a strikeout and two fly-outs by the Tigers.
Kansas State the posted one run in the third inning and two in the fourth to extend their lead 7-0 over the Tigers to. Sophomore Paul Moeller (Folsom, Calif.) came in to relieved starter Prato Matthews in the third inning, and effectively shut down the Wildcat offense.John Haberman aided Pacific's defense in the third when he picked off a runner at second base on a throwdown to Jake Brown.
Pacific's offense was finally sparked in the seventh as the team put up four runs on three hits and a walk. Sylvester highlighted the inning with a triple that produced two runs with one out in the inning. Senior shortstop Josh Simms (La Mesa, Calif.) added a run when he reached base following a dropped fly by Kansas State's center fielder. Freshman Curtis Gomez pinch-ran for Simms and scored off of an RBI single off the bat of sophomore second baseman Dustin Torchio (Santa Cruz, Calif.).
In the bottom half of the ninth, a Kansas State error allowed Gomez to reach first. Gomez quickly stole second, putting Torchio at the plate with the tying run on deck, but the Tigers were unable to make a comeback, as Pacific fell 7-4 to Kansas State.
Prato Matthews was charged with the loss, falling to 0-1 on the season, giving up five runs, three earned, and four hits in two innings pitched. For Kansas State, Matt Applegate picked up his first win of the season.
Pacific will conclude the three game series on Sunday, February 20 at 11 am. The Tigers will wear their camouflage uniforms for the in the first Salute to the Troops game of the 2011 season