Pacific Baseball Falls at Nevada, 9-4
The Pacific Tigers dropped the third game of a weekend series to Nevada Sunday at Peccole Park in Reno, 9-4. Freshman SS Curtis Gomez (Watsonville, Calif.) drove in two runs while senior LF Matt Carvutto (Poway, Calif.) added a run-scoring double.
In the bottom of the second, Nevada picked up four runs on a single and a walk to set the table, and a single by Garrett Yrigoyen to plate the first run. Hugo Hernandez followed with a two-run double. After senior RHP Jake Hummel (Peoria, Ariz.) got two outs, Jamison Rowe doubled off the third base bag to plate the fourth run before Hummel retired Joe Kohan to end the inning.
Brian Martin ripped a two-out single to right in the fourth, and sophomore DH John Haberman (Stockton, Calif.) followed with a double down the left field line, but Nevada starter Mark Joukoff retired freshman 3B Peter Miller (Santa Cruz, Calif.) to end the threat with runners on second and third.
The Wolfpack loaded the bases in the fifth as Brock Stassi singled and Brian Barnett doubled to left. After a walk to load the bases with two out, Hernandez' grounder through the middle deflected off Hummel's foot for an infield single and a 5-0 Nevada lead.
Pacific sliced into the lead in the fifth as junior CF Brett Christopher (Livermore, Calif.) singled and stole second. Carvutto delivered a double down the left field line to score the Tigers first run, and them after a groundout and a back-to-back walks to Haberman and Miller, freshman SS Curtis Gomez (Watsonville, Calif.) served a single down the right field line over first base to plate two runs and cut the gap to 5-3, as Gomez picked up his third and fourth RBI of the season in his third start at shortstop.
Joukoff departed after six innings, allowing six hits, three earned runs and two walks while striking out two.
Hummel gave way to LHP Paul Moeller (Folsom, Calif.) in the seventh. Hummel departed after allowing five earned runs and 10 hits while striking out five. Moeller pitched out of a jam following an infield error in the seventh, coaxing a fly out to end the inning with runners on second and third.
In his second inning of action, Troy Marks retired Pacific in order, and the Wolfpack tacked on four runs in the eighth, working three walks off Moeller, with a man safe via fielders choice. RHP Jonas Noack (San Diego, Calif.) entered with the bases still loaded. After getting a ground ball to cut down the runner at the plate, Brian Barnett dribbled a single down the third base line to increase the margin to 7-3. Yrigoyen served a pitch into right field for an RBI single. The Wolfpack tallied again on an RBI groundout by Hernandez to take a 9-3 lead into the ninth.
Marks gave up a pair of hits and a walk in the ninth, as pinch-hitter Erik Lockwood (Broomfield, Colo.) walked and came around to score on an error and pinch-hit single from
but earned the save with three innings of work. Joukoff picked up his first win of the season for Nevada (4-9), while Hummel (1-2) was saddled with the loss.
The Tigers will travel to USC for a three-game series with the Trojans on March 18-20.