USF Takes Tuesday Baseball Matchup From Pacific
The Pacific baseball team fell in a midweek contest against the University of San Francisco Dons Tuesday, 10-2, at the Benedetti Diamond, 10-2.
Picking up the win for USF was RHP Andrew Pulido who improved to 1-1, the loss dropped junior LHP Travis Lumby to 1-2 on the young season.
Seven USF pitchers combined to hold Pacific to three hits on the afternoon, while the Dons tallied six unearned runs as part of a seven-run second inning to seize control.
Pacific rallied with two outs in the first after a walk to senior RF Allen Riley and infield single up the middle off the bat of junior 1B Tyger Pederson. Then, with sophomore C Riley Drongenson facing a two-strike count the Dons' catcher attempted a backdoor pick-off to first base that sailed up the line, allowing Riley to score from second base and give Pacific the early 1-0 advantage.
However, the Dons would answer with a seven-run, five-hit second. After allowing a double to left center and single up the middle to start the frame, Lumby would regroup to strikeout the next Dons' batter. But, a line drive up the middle that skipped past a charging outfield allowed three runs to score. Then, after a second strikeout in the inning, the Dons reached base on an error that scored two, followed by a shot over the right field fence from USF 1B Nik Balog to tally the seventh and final run of the inning.
Lumby allowed just one earned run, but a pair of errors in the third led to the big inning after he set down USF in order in the first.
The Tigers would surrender three more in the third before holding the Dons scoreless for the rest of the game.
Senior RHPs John Prato Matthews and Thomas Berolzheimer and freshman RHP Mike Hager combined to throw five shutout innings from the fourth inning on, combining for six hits against and six strikeouts.
Prato Matthews allowed just one in hit three scoreless innings, striking out three. Berolzheimer gave up a pair of hits and struck out two in the seventh, while Hager struck out one and gave up a hit in the eight.
However, the Tigers tallied just one run in the final eight innings. In the sixth. after a leadoff walk by junior 3B Dustin Torchio walk, freshman 2B/SS Robby Mansfield would pick up his first career double and RBI, ripping in inside pitch down the third base line and into left. However, he would be stranded in scoring position as RHP Haden Hinkel escaped the jam.
Ben Graff, Jordan Remer and Logan West each pitched an inning and let up just one hit in the final three innings, a double by sophomore 2B Curtis Gomez to left in the seventh off Graff.
With the loss the Pacific falls to 2-11 on the year and improved the Dons to 7-6.
The Tigers will return home to the friendly confines of Klein Family Field for a three-game set with Creighton on March 9-11. First pitch of the series is set for 6:00 p.m. on Friday.