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Baseball: Bulldogs Rally In Eighth Inning To Defeat Pacific, 6-5

Mar 5, 2011

With the game tied at 5-5 heading into the eighth inning, Pacific's baseball team dropped a 6-5 decision to Gonzaga in the second game of the series at Klein Family Field on Saturday, March 05. With the loss the Tigers fell to 2-6 on the season, while Gonzaga improved to 3-5 on the year.

Senior Marcus Pointer (Pacifica, Calif.) threw a gem for the Tigers in the first two innings against the Bulldogs. Pointer recorded four fly outs, two strikeouts and a groundout against the first six batters faced. However the Tigers were unable to capitalize on three base hits and two stranded runners through the second.

Throwing a no-hitter heading into the top of the third Pointer gave up his first hit of the day when Gonzaga's Tyler Chism singled to third and advanced to second on a single up the middle by the following batter. The Bulldogs put their first run on the board with a sacrifice bunt to Pacific's first baseman Brian Martin.

With one out in the bottom of the fourth, Daniel Johnston (Portola Valley, Calif.) reached third base on a line drive deep to right center field. Pacific tied the game at 1-1 when Johnston then crossed the plate on a double to left center by Brent McMinn. Following an infield groundout by Taasaas with McMinn advancing to third on the throw, Curtis Gomez hit the Tigers second double of the inning to score McMinn from third. Dustin Torchio followed up Gomez's double with a single of his own to left field, scoring Gomez from second base. 

Gonzaga led off the top of the fifth inning with a walk to Chism before Pacific was able to record an out in the inning on a popup to third. Gonzaga recorded its second out of the inning when Taasaas caught Chism attempting to steal second base and threw him out on the throw down to Gomez at second. With two outs in the inning the Bulldogs scored three runs off a walk, defensive throwing error by Gomez and a double by Billy Moon before the Tigers were able to end the inning.

The Tigers trailed by one entering the bottom half of the sixth when McMinn led off the inning with a double down the left field line. Taasaas then laid down a sacrifice bunt to Gonzaga's first baseman to advance McMinn to third. With two outs in the inning Christopher then singled on a line shot down the right field line to score McMinn from third and the game at four runs apiece.

In the seventh Gonzaga led off the inning with a single to center from Moon, who later advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt then crossed the plate on an RBI double from Clayton Eslick. However the Tigers retired the two next batters on a popup to short and a fly out to center. In the bottom half of the inning Allen Riley singled to right field with one out on the board and advanced to second base on a passed ball. Johnston then drove in Riley from second with a double down the left field line and tied the game at 5-5.

The decision maker of the game came in the top of the eighth inning when Andrew Wild came into pitch for Wagner and gave up a solo homerun to left center field to Gonzaga's Tyler Chism on the first pitch of inning.

Andrew Wild suffered the loss on 0.1 innings of working, giving up one run, one hit and a walk against eight batters faced. Gonzaga's Andy Hunter picked up his first win of the season giving up one run on three hits against 10 batters faced in 1.2 innings of work.

The Tigers will conclude the three-game series against the Bulldogs on Sunday, March 6 with a 1 p.m. scheduled first pitch. Pacific will be fitted in their camouflage uniforms as part of the Salute to the Troops Sunday tradition.