Tigers Falter Late, Fall to San Diego 4-3
Pacific posted three runs in the third inning, but couldn't hold on, falling to the San Diego Toreros 4-3 Sunday afternoon at Cunningham Stadium. Sophomore 1B Riley Drongesen picked up two hits, including an RBI single.
Senior DH Daniel Johnston added an RBI single in three trips, while sophomore C Jason Taasaas added two hits and a run scored. Freshman 2B Robby Mansfield picked up his first career hit in his Tigers debut, and added two sac bunts in the contest.
Sophomore LHP Kyle Crawford went 5.1 innings, allowed two earned runs and giving up seven hits, with a pair of strikeouts.
In the top of the third, Taasaas opened with a single to right and moved to second on Mansfield's sacrifice. Senior CF Brett Christopher walked, and after junior 3B Dustin Torchio was hit by pitch, senior RF Allen Rileywas issued a bases loaded walk for the first run of the game. Johnston singled to right to plate Christopher, as the Tigers chased USD starter LHP Max Homick, and Drongesen greeted RHP Drew Jacobs with a hard smash down the first base line. USD's Connor Joe stretched out to get a glove on it and prevent extra bases, but the RBI single gave the Tigers a 3-0 lead.
Joe led off the bottom of the third with a single, and after RF Victor Rasor-Thompson singled to right, 3B Julian Duran doubled to center to plate a pair of runs and cut Pacific's lead to 3-2.
Jacobs kept the Tigers at bay through the sixth, and in the bottom of the frame, 2B Bryan Haar reached on an error, and DH Corey LeVier singled to right. RHP John Prato Matthews relieved Crawford, and SS Andrew Daniel's chopper in the hole plated the tying run via infield single. Prato Matthews coaxed a double-play ball to end the threat, but not before the unearned run on Crawford's record tied the game at three.
In the seventh, Toreros' C Dillon Haupt hit a grounder to third, but the throw to first was low, and a defensive interference call gave Haupt second base. Haupt moved to third on a balk, and with one out, Duran laid down a safety squeeze to give the Toreros the lead.
RHP Michael Wagner allowed Mansfield's single to right in the eighth as his only hit against in the final two innings, as he earned his second save by retiring Pacific in order in the ninth. LHP Max MacNabb (1-0), who pitched to one batter in the seventh, picked up the win for San Diego (5-2) by throwing just one pitch.
Prato Matthews tossed 2.2 innings, allowing no earned runs, but was saddled with the loss to fall to 0-3. In his last two outings, Prato Matthews has totaled 6.2 innings out of the bullpen, with just four hits allowed and two earned runs.
The Tigers fall to 0-8 on the season and will return home to face Sacramento State on Tuesday at 6 p.m.