Pacific Baseball Cruises Past Sacramento State, 8-2
Junior RF Allen Riley drove in three and senior DH Matt Carvutto added a pair of RBI while extending his hit streak to 11 games as Pacific rolled over Sacramento State Tuesday afternoon, 8-2 at John Smith Field. Senior 3B Brian Martin added three hits and scored three runs as the Tigers won back-to-back games for the third time this season.
Pacific plated two in the first as junior CF Brett Christopher (Livermore, Calif.) walked, stole second - his Big West leading 12th steal of the season - and after Martin walked, came in to score on a single from Carvutto (Poway, Calif.). Riley, the junior right fielder from Fresno, Calif., followed with a single through the left side for a 2-0 Pacific lead before the Hornets came to bat.
Tigers' starter Kyle Crawford (Modesto, Calif.) retired all six batters he faced on a mere 18 pitches, earning the victory to improve to 1-0 as Pacific planned on using five pitchers on the day. He recorded three ground outs and three fly outs in his two perfect frames.
In the third, Pacific tallied two more as freshman 2B Curtis Gomez (Watsonville, Calif.) walked and went to third on a single to right by Martin. After Carvutto was hit to load the bases, Riley drilled a first-pitch off Hornets starter Hunter Greenwood for an infield single. Sacramento went to the pen as Andrew Galvan replaced Greenwood. Galvan coaxed a double-play ball from junior LF Daniel Johnston (Portola Valley, Calif.) which plated Martin for a 4-0 lead.
Redshirt freshman LHP Andrew Wild (Visalia, Calif.) took over for Crawford in the third, and after centerfield Eli Davis doubled to right, scored on an RBI groundout from Justin Higley. Wild gave way to senior RHP Robbie Richardson (Lodi, Calif.) after the fourth, and Richardson allowed just two hits in his two innings as the Pacific staff held the Hornets at bay.
Pacific picked up the run back in the fifth, as Gomez was hit by pitch to lead off the inning, and advanced all the way to third on a failed pickoff attempt from Galvan. Carvutto followed with an RBI groundout for a 5-1 Tigers' lead.
The Tigers blew the game open in the seventh, as Martin singled to left with one out, and Carvutto followed with a single to center. Martin took third on the play, with Carvutto advancing to second on the throw. Riley picked up his third RBI on a ground out to second, and Johnston promptly singled to left center for a 7-1 Pacific lead. The single ran Johnston's hit streak to 10 consecutive games with a base knock.
Carvutto took the mound in the eighth after junior RHP Jared Wagner (Danville, Calif.) tossed a scoreless seventh, but the Hornets picked up a run, unearned, on an infield error, a pair of singles, and an RBI groundout from Hunter Adrian.
Pacific came back with another run in the ninth, as Gomez led off with a triple to right field and trotted home on single from Martin.
Gomez finished the day with three runs scored and went one-for-three on the afternoon, reaching base twice. Sophomore 1B John Haberman (Stockton, Calif.), junior SS Josh Simms (La Mesa, Calif.) and junior C Aaron Hassel (Tarzana, Calif.) each posted one-for-four days. Pacific racked up 13 hits including nine with men on base and six with runners in scoring position. The Tigers had a runner on third with less than two outs eight times in the ball game, and scored in seven of those opportunities.
Crawford, Wild, Richardson, Wagner and Carvutto combined to hold Sacramento State without an earned run, allowing eight hits. In nine innings the Tigers staff issued just one walk and turned in three one-two-three innings.
Carvutto's hit streak ties for the longest in the Big West this season, and is the longest active streak at 11 games. Johnston is one of just eight players to hit a double-figure hit streak in the Big West.
Pacific (7-14) opens Big West play on Friday at 6 p.m. at home against Long Beach State. Crawford will get the starting assignment against LBSU RHP Andrew Gagnon. Game two of the series takes place Saturday at 6 p.m., with the three-game set concluding Sunday at 1 p.m.