Baseball: Pacific Visits UCSB in Final Big West Series
The Pacific Tigers wrap the 2011 campaign with a weekend series at UC Santa Barbara. The Tigers will take on the Gauchos Friday at 3 p.m., followed by Saturday and Sunday 1 p.m. starts.
Pacific (16-35) and Santa Barbara (24-25) sit tied for seventh in the Big West at 8-13, just two games back of fourth place entering the final weekend of the season.
The Tigers picked up their first game one win of the season last Friday, as senior RHP Robbie Richardson (Lodi, Calif.) and junior RHP John Prato Matthews combined to hold Cal Poly to one run in a 6-1 Tigers' victory. Richardson allowed four hits in five innings in his first start since high school to earn the victory, while Prato Matthews tossed four innings of one-hit ball for his first save.
Richardson (2-2, 6.28 ERA) will get the start on Friday, opposite UCSB senior RHP Greg Davis. Davis (5-5, 3.40 ERA) is coming off a complete game shutout over UC Davis last Friday in which he allowed four hits.
On Saturday, senior RHP Marcus Pointer (Pacifica, Calif.) takes the hill. Since April 12, Pointer has turned in 50 innings with a 3.42 ERA and three victories. He allowed three earned runs in seven innings against Cal Poly on Saturday, taking a loss to fall to 4-7 on the year with a 5.46 ERA. The Gauchos will counter with junior RHP Matt Vedo, who is 5-6 on the season with a 4.83 ERA in 76.1 innings. In his last outing, Vedo picked up a win over UC Davis, throwing eight one-hit innings with no runs allowed.
Senior RHP Jake Hummel (Peoria, Ariz.) gets the call in game three on Sunday for the Tigers. Hummel owns a 4-5 record on the year with a 4.63 ERA in 89.1 innings of work. He's gone six innings or longer in 10 of his 13 starts this season and added a 5.2 inning stint out of the bullpen on May 16. Left-hander Nick Capito will take the bump for Santa Barbara. The senior has a 4-3 record and 3.17 ERA in 59.2 innings this season. He earned a no decision in Sunday's contest against UC Davis, tossing seven innings and allowing one earned run.
Entering the final weekend, sophomore 3B Dustin Torchio (Santa Cruz, Calif.) and senior 1B Brian Martin (Livermore, Calif.) are locked in a dogfight for the team and conference lead in batting average. The duo sits tied at 357. Torchio (65 for 182) and Martin (70 for 196) are tied through at least the 32nd decimal point. Senior
OF Matt Carvutto (Poway, Calif.) is within striking distance at 12th in the Big West with a .337 average. Martin and Carvutto are tied for third in the conference in hits with 70, seven back of UC Irvine's Brian Hernandez. Carvutto continues to lead the BWC in doubles with 19, and is five shy of the Tigers single-season record.