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Pacific Baseball Drops Game One in Nevada

Mar 11, 2011

Pacific racked up 15 hits, but dropped a 10-6 decision to Nevada Friday afternoon at Peccole Park in Reno, as the Wolfpack tallied five unearned runs. Senior 1B Brian Martin (Livermore, Calif.) went three-for-four with his first home run of the season for the Tigers.

Martin was a triple shy of the cycle as he reached base four times with a double, single and walk in addition to his two-run home run in the fifth inning, which gave Pacific a 5-4 lead.

But the Wolfpack's Carlos Escobar put Nevada back on top 6-5 in the bottom half of the fifth with an RBI double, and Nevada tacked on three in the eighth for a 10-6 win.

Pacific jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the fourth as Martin led off with a double over the first-base bag and junior 3B Daniel Johnston (Portola Valley, Calif.) drove him in with a single up the middle of Nevada starter Jeremy Cole. Johnston was called out trying to take second on a throw to the plate, but sophomore DH John Haberman (Stockton, Calif.) doubled to left center and junior CF Brett Christopher (Livermore, Calif.) beat out a sacrifice attempt for a single to put two on with one out. Junior C Jacob Sylverster singled to left as Haberman scored, but Christopher was hung out to dry on a squeeze attempt and junior Josh Simms (La Mesa, Calif.) lined out to shortstop to end the threat.

Nevada answered with a five-run fourth as Brock Stassi led off with a solo home run and three-straight singles loaded the bases. Michael Toray lined a sacrifice fly to left center that was dropped to plate one run, and after a single through the left side by Escobar, Nevada led 4-2 with runners on first and third and nobody out.

Tigers; junior starter Chris Larsen (Moline, Ill.) started a 1-6-3 double play on a comebacker, with Martin throwing home to try and record the triple play on Toray attempting to score. Toray was safe on the bang-bang play at the plate to give Nevada a 5-2 lead.

In the Pacific fifth, junior LF Allen Riley (Fresno, Calif.) walked, and after sophomore 2B Dustin Torchio (Santa Cruz, Calif.) doubled down the left-field line, senior LF Matt Carvutto (Poway, Calif.) delivered a two-run single up the middle as the Tigers pulled within 5-4. Martin then followed with a two-run homer down the left field line, just inside the foul pole to give Pacific a 6-5 lead.

But the Wolfpack opened the bottom of the fifth with a single, a hit by pitch and a sacrifice to set up second and third. Nick Melino trotted home from third on a wild-pitch to tie the game and Larsen coaxed a ground-out to his last batter before giving way to junior RHP Jared Wagner (Danville, Calif.). Wagner was greeted by Escobar's double to give the Wolfpack a 6-5 lead, with the run charged to Larsen, before retiring the next batter on a fly out to left.

In the eighth, freshman LHP Kyle Crawford (Modesto, Calif.) took over for Wagner and pinch-hitter Hugo Hernandez led off with a single. After a sacrifice, a passed ball, a strike out and a walk set up first and third with one two out, Crawford got the groundball he needed to get out of the inning, however the throw from Johnston to second base was offline, allowing an insurance run to score. Junior RHP John Prato Matthews (Davis, Calif.) entered but was touched for a triple to the gap by Garrett Yrigoyen, plating two runs unearned, before ending the inning on a ground out.

Pacific put a runner on in the ninth on a two-out single by Martin, but Wolfpack RHP retired Johnston on a ground out to end the ballgame.

Carvutto finished the day three-for-five on the day with a pair of RBI, while Christopher and Torchio each finished

Larsen (0-1) took the loss, allowing five earned in 4.2 innings, while Nevada reliever Jayson McClaren (1-0), who gave up three earned in the Tigers fifth, picked up the win. The Tigers fall to 3-9 overall, while Nevada improves to 2-9 on the campaign.

The series resumes Saturday at 1 p.m. with Nevada hurler Tom Jameson (0-3, 21.86 ERA) taking the hill for the Wolfpack. Pacific's start is TBA. The series concludes on Sunday with senior RHP Jake Hummel (1-1, 1.96 ERA) opposing Nevada's Mark Joukoff (0-3, 6.75 ERA).