Pacific Baseball Wraps Five-Game Home Stand Tuesday Vs San Jose State
The Pacific Tigers baseball team plays host to San Jose State Tuesday at 6 p.m. at Klein Family Field in the final game of a five-game home stand. The Tigers look to get back into the win column after opening dropping the series finale Sunday against Gonzaga.
San Jose State enters the series at 8-3 overall after dropping two of three to Santa Clara. Starting pitchers for both teams are listed as TBA.
Pacific kicked off its homestand with a 3-2 walk-off win over Sacramento State last Tuesday. The Tigers trailed 2-0 after four innings but rallied to tie the game in the sixth on a two-run single by 1B Brian Martin
(Livermore, Calif.). In the bottom of the ninth, the Tigers loaded the bases with a walk and a pair of baserunners reaching on sacrifice attempts before senior OF Matt Carvutto (Poway, Calif.) delivered a walk-off single to left center field for the victory.
However, the Gonzaga Bulldogs three straight from the Tigers over the weekend. Pacific erased deficits in the first two games, erasing a 4-0 Bulldog lead in game one via an RBI double in the third from Carvutto, and a three-run double from junior OF Allen Riley (Fresno, Calif.) in the fifth. But the Bulldogs answered with three runs in their final two innings for a 7-4 win.
In game two, Pacific trailed 1-0 and 4-3, but RBI doubles from sophomore INF Brent McMinn (Houston, Texas) and freshman INF Curtis Gomez (Watsonville, Calif.), along with run-scoring singles from sophomore 2B Dustin Torchio (Santa Cruz, Calif.) and junior CF Brett Christopher (Livermore, Calif.) knotted the game at 4-4. Gonzaga surged ahead in the seventh, but Pacific's junior 3B/OF Daniel Johnston (Portola Valley, Calif.) delivered a game-tying single in the seventh. Tyler Chism gave the Bulldogs the lead for good with a solo home run in the eighth.
Gonzaga earned the sweep in game three, as pitcher Tyler Olson struck out 10 Tigers to outduel senior RHP Jake Hummel (Peoria, Ariz.). Hummel allowed two earned runs with five strikeouts to take the hard-luck loss.
Following Tuesday's contest, the Tigers (2-8) will visit Nevada for a three-game set with the Wolfpack beginning Friday. Pacific will take on USC in Southern California the following weekend before returning home to face Stanford on March 23.