Pacific Baseball Rallies, But Falls In Game Two at Nevada, 6-5
After rallying from down 5-2 in the eighth, Pacific fell to Nevada 6-5 in game two of a three-game series at Peccole Park in Reno Saturday afternoon. Senior Matt Carvutto's two-run double and an RBI single from Daniel Johnston keyed a three-run eighth to tie the game, but Nevada scored in their half of the eighth to take the victory.
Junior RF Allen Riley (Fresno, Calif.) and sophomore DH John Haberman (Stockton, Calif.) each finished the day two-for-three with a run scored, while Riley also added a walk. Carvutto was one-for-four with two RBI and a run scored. Freshman 3B Peter Miller (Santa Cruz, Calif.) added an RBI on a one-for-three afternoon.
Nevada scored first, as Carlos Escobar singled to open the bottom of the third, moved to second on a sacrifice and came in to score on a RBI single from Joe Kohan.
The Tigers rallied with two in the fifth as Riley singled to right field and Haberman followed with a single to set up first and third. Catcher Jacob Slyvester (Livermore, Calif.) bounced one into the hole at short, where third baseman Garrett Yrigoyen couldn't find the handle to plate Pacific's first run and tie the game 1-1. With Haberman on third, freshman SS Curtis Gomez () delivered a single up the middle for a 2-1 lead.
In the sixth, the Wolfpack tallied with two outs as Hugo Hernandez was hit by a pitch and advanced to second on a passed ball. Carlos Esocbar reached via error, and with Hernandez running on the pop up beyond the infield, he scored to knot the ballgame at 2-2.
The Wolfpack jumped ahead in the seventh with a three-run frame as Kohan singled to right to open the inning, was advanced to second on a sacrifice, and then Nick Melino double to center to plate Kohan. Yrigoyen followed with a single through the left side to drive in Melino, and after senior Robbie Richardson (Lodi, Calif) replaced Tiger starter Marcus Pointer (Pacifica, Calif.), Herandez doubled to left center for a 5-2 Nevada lead.
Pacific bounced back with a three-run inning of their own in the top of the eighth, however, off Nevada RHP Tyler Rogstad. Sophomore 2B Dustin Torchio (Santa Cruz, Calif.) single with one out, and senior 1B Brian Martin (Livermore, Calif.) walked before Carvutto ripped a double to center to cut the deficit to 5-4. Mat Keplinger replaced Rogstad, and with two outs, Tim Culligan entered to face the pinch-hitter Johnston (Portola Valley, Calif.), and Johnston singled to right centerfield to plate Carvutto and tie the game at 5-5.
But in the Nevada half of the eighth, the Wolfpack plated a run on a leadoff walk, a sacrifice and a single by Kohan to score what would be the winning run.
The Tigers put two on in the ninth on a pair of walks, but Matt Gardner retired the side for his second save of the season.
Richardson (1-2) took the loss allowing one earned in 1.1 innings of action, he struck out one and walked three. Pointer allowed four earned in 6.2 innings, striking out six while walking three.
Culligan picked up the win despite facing one batter and giving up the game-tying single to Johnston. Culligan got out of the inning when Johnston was thrown out stealing to end the eighth.
Kohan finished four-for-four at the plate for Nevada with two RBI and a run scored, while SS Braden Shipley added a two-for-two day.
Pacific falls to 3-10 on the season, while Nevada (3-9) has won three in a row. The series concludes Sunday at 1 p.m. with senior RHP Jake Hummel (Peoria, Ariz., 1-1 record, 1.96 ERA) opposing Nevada's Mark Joukoff (0-3, 6.75 ERA).