Gonzaga Takes Pitchers' Duel From Pacific In Series Finale
Gonzaga LHP Tyler Olson held Pacific to one-hit in a complete-game shutout as the Bulldogs took game three of the series 4-0 Sunday at Klein Family Field. Tigers senior RHP Jake Hummel (Peoria, Ariz.) allowed just two earned in eight innings, striking out five to take the hard-luck loss.
Olson struck out 10 Tigers on the afternoon to level his record at 1-1 on the season. Pacific junior RF Allen Riley (Fresno, Calif.) led off the bottom of the second with a single in between the third baseman and shortstop for the Tigers lone hit of the day. He stole second base on the 2-2 pitch of Olson's third strikeout of the day, but was stranded on a ground out to end the inning.
In the third, Gonzaga catcher Cameron Edman led off with a double to left center, and after an RBI groundout, leadoff hitter Keegan Acker laid down a squeeze bunt. Hummel's throw ran high, allowing Acker to reach second. Acker scored an unearned run against Hummel later in the inning with Eric Lane at the plate with two outs. Hummel got a piece of Lane's liner up the middle, but as the ball caromed towards second, Lane reached first before Hummel coaxed an inning-ending groundout from Billy Moon.
In the eighth, Hummel was the victim of a pair of seeing-eye singles as Gonzaga tacked on two runs, one unearned. Designated hitter Clayton Eslick single to center with one out, and after Hummel punched-out Tyler Chism, Moon placed a bleeder perfectly between third base and shortstop to set up first and second. After a passed ball advanced the runners, Royce Bolinger delivered a grounder up the middle that squirted through for a two-run single.
The two dribbling hits were just the seventh and eighth hits Hummel has allowed with runners on base this season, as he has he entered the eighth inning holding batters to a .158 average with men on base (6-for-38, now 8-of-42). The two earned runs were the fourth and fifth Hummel has allowed this season in 23 innings of work as his ERA climbed slightly to 1.96 on the season.
Senior RHP Robbie Richardson (Lodi, Calif.) tossed a one-two-three ninth for Pacific on eight pitches.
Pacific LF Matt Carvutto (Poway, Calif.) walked in the ninth, but Olson polished off the complete game with a groundout to end the Tigers ninth.
The Tigers fall to 2-8 on the season, while the series sweep improves the Bulldogs record to 4-5.
Pacific will complete a five-game home stand on Tuesday at 6 p.m. against San Jose State before hitting the road for a weekend series at Nevada.