USF Takes Game Two From Pacific Baseball, 4-2
Senior LF Matt Carvutto doubled twice and scored two runs, but a two-run home run from San Francisco's Travis Higgs handed the Pacific baseball team a 4-2 loss Saturday evening at Klein Family Field.
Carvutto finished two-for-four on the day, recording his ninth and 10th doubles of the season while raising his average to a team-leading .367. But the Dons' pitching staff held Pacific to six hits, and Higgs home run in the eighth provided the winning margin as USF (11-12) took game two of the three-game series from Pacific (5-14).
After Tigers starter RHP Marcus Pointer (Pacific, Calif.) and USF RHP Kyle Zimmer matched zeroes for the first three innings, USF broke through in the fourth as Tom Barry doubled to center, and Aritz Garcia followed with a single to center. Connor Bernatz then doubled home Barry and Garcia for a 2-0 Dons lead.
Pacific picked up a run back in the bottom of the fourth as Carvutto (Poway, Calif.) doubled to right with one out, and after senior 1B Brian Martin (Livermore, Calif.) walked, junior 3B Daniel Johnston (Portola Valley, Calif.) delivered a double to right center to plate Carvutto.
The Tigers chased Zimmer in the fifth, as junior CF Brett Christopher reached on an error with one out and stole second base and after sophomore 2B Dustin Torchio (Santa Cruz, Calif.) walked, stole third base. Junior RF Allen Riley (Poway, Calif.) then drew a walk. USF went to the pen as Elliott Waterman entered with the bases loaded and retired Carvutto and Martin to end the threat.
The game remained 2-1 until the top of the eighth when DH Matt Chavez led off with a double to right for USF. After Pointer retired the next batter on a groundout, Dons' catcher Travis Higgs turned on a first-pitch fastball from Pointer and pulled it over the left field wall for a two-run home run.
The Tigers answered in the bottom of the eighth, as Carvutto doubled to left to open the inning and advanced to third as Martin hit behind the runner with a ground out to first. Pinch hitter Brent McMinn (Houston, Texas) then flied out to left field, as Carvutto trotted home on the sacrifice fly. But USF brought in closer Jonathan Abramson who recorded the final out of the eighth, and then set down the Tigers in order in the ninth for his third save.
Waterman (2-0) earned the win with 3.1 innings in relief, allowing one earned and two hits while striking out two. Zimmer made it through 4.1 innings, with one earned run allowed on four hits. He struck out four and walked three.
Pointer (1-3) took the loss with four earned runs allowed in 7.1 innings. He struck out five, while walking two. Tigers RHP Chris Larsen (Moline, Ill.) allowed one hit in 1.2 innings, retiring five batters on just 15 pitches.
Barry finished three-for-three on the day for the Dons, while Chavez, Stephen Yarrow and Jason Mahood each picked up two hits.
The series concludes Sunday at 1 p.m. at Klein Family Field.