Pacific Baseball Drops 6-3 Decision at Sac State
Sophomore C Riley Drongesen collected three hits and the Tigers erased a 3-1 deficit, but Sacramento State scored three unanswered runs for a 6-3 decision Tuesday at John Smith Field.
Sacramento State (10-11) led 3-1 after four, but the Tigers scored a pair in the fifth on an RBI single from freshman LF Taylor Murphy.
However, the Hornets took the lead in the fifth on an RBI single from Derrick Chung, and Chung added a two-run single in the sixth to provide the winning margin.
The Hornets tallied twice in the bottom of the first, as Kyle Moses led off with a double, scored on a Will Soto single. And after a fly out moved Soto to third, a second run came in on a balk by Pacific junior LHP Travis Lumby.
Pacific picked up a run in the top of the fourth, as Murphy singled, moved to second on a ground out, and came in to score on a single by 1B Erik Lockwood.
Lumby departed after one inning, and senior RHP Jared Wager put up zeroes until the fourth, when Andrew Ayers doubled and scored on a sacrifice fly from Scotty Burcham.
In the fifth, senior SS Josh Simms led off with a double off LHP Hunter Adrian and junior DH Tyger Pederon laid a perfectly-placed bunt single down the third-base line. Adrian fielded the bunt, spun and threw to first, but his throw sailed high allowing Simms to score.
After sophomore 2B Curtis Gomez bunted Pederson on to third, Adrian fielded a chopper in front of the plate and underhanded it to Chung at the plate. Pederson knocked the ball loose, but Chung came up with it and - after a pair of Pederson juke moves - applied the tag. Drongesen singled up the middle and Murphy followed with a line drive single to right to tie the game. Adrian avoided further damage, getting a groundout to end the inning.
Wagner opened the bottom of the fifth and hit David Del Grande. Following a fielder's choice, a double by Rhys Hoskins set up second and third and Chung delivered the go-ahead single.
Senior LHP Joe Spizzirri entered and punched out the first batter he faced before getting a fly out to end the threat.
Spizzirri walked Burcham to open the sixth, and following a single by Moses, Spizzirri hit a batter with one out, and left with the bases loaded. Senior RHP John Prato Matthews coaxed an infield flyout from Rhys Hoskins, but Chung singled through the right side to plate two runs and provide a 6-3 Hornets lead.
The Tigers put two men on in the seventh, as Pederson and Drongesen singled, but LHP Tyler Hoelzen entered in relief to record the final out of the game.
Senior RF Allen Riley led off the eighth with a double, but Hoelzen retired the next three in order.
In the ninth, Gomez ripped a one-out double off of RHP Brandon Creel, but Creel got a line out and a ground out to end the inning.
Creel earned his first save of the season, while Adrian (1-0) allowed two earned in the win. Wagner (0-1), who lasted 3.1 innings out of the bullpen, took the loss, with two runners he put on base coming in to score against his record.
Prato Matthews allowed three hits in the final 2.2 innings.
Murphy finished the afternoon two-for-four with an RBI and a run scored, while Riley picked up a pair of hits in four trips. Pederson collected a pair of hits in five at-bats, while Erik Lockwood finished one-for-four win an RBI.
Pacific falls to 4-16 on the season and will open a four-game series against Brown on Saturday, with a double-header beginning at 1 p.m. at Klein Family Field.