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Baseball Plays Host To Sacramento State Tuesday

Feb 27, 2012

The Pacific baseball team returns home Tuesday to face Sacramento State in a 6 p.m. game under the lights at Klein Family Field.The Tigers will face an unranked team at home for the first time this season. Pacific's home opener came against No. 22 California on Feb. 18, falling 6-3 to the Golden Bears. The Tigers took No. 2 Stanford to extra innings, rallying for three runs in the seventh, eighth, and ninth innings to tie the game at 7-7 before falling in 11 innings, 9-7.

Junior LHP/1B John Haberman drove home the game-tying run in the bottom of the ninth against the Cardinal, part of a four-hit night and a week that saw the Stockton native hit .533 with three multi-hit games. Haberman also tossed 7.1 innings over the weekend, retiring 11 of his last 13 against San Diego State. He struck out a career-high nine, including five consecutive batters as he didn't allow a hit after the fourth inning. He took the no-decision, departing with a 4-1 lead in the eighth.

Pacific (0-8) will turn to junior LHP Travis Lumby, who is 0-1 on the season with a 9.00 ERA. Lumby started the season opener, allowing two earned runs in four innings against No. 22 Cal. He also tossed two innings against No. 21 Oregon State, striking out two as the Beavers tallied four runs on four hits.

Sacramento State will counter with RHP Garrett Kraemer, who is 0-0 with a 0.00 ERA in 2.2 innings of work out of the Hornets bullpen. He's allowed two hits with two walks as opponents are hitting .222 off of him.

The Hornets (4-3) are playing on the road for the first time this season. Sacramento state swept Seattle University over the weekend.  As a team, the Hornets are hitting .292 with 34 runs scored in seven games (4.86 per game), with 4.29 team ERA and 5.14 runs allowed per games.

Pacific is hitting .259 as a team, but has collected 20 hits in 67 at bats in the last two games (.299). The Tigers have allowed 7.25 runs per game, while scoring 3.65. However, Pacific has been in every single ballgame this season, leading, tied or within a run in the sixth inning or later in seven of eight games.

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