Cal Chips Away At Pacific Baseball In Midweek Matchup
Robby Mansfield collected three hits, while Dustin Torchio added two, but the Cal Bears scored in each of the first eight innings to down the Pacific baseball team 13-2 Tuesday at Klein Family Field.
Cal plated single runs in six different innings, and added a three-run third and four-run seventh.
The Tigers rapped out 12 hits, but left 13 men on base in the contest, while the Bears finished with 17 hits.
The Bears got on the board with a two-out double and RBI single by CF Devin Pearson in the first.
Pacific answered in the second as RF Brett Sullivan singled through the right side and J.J. Wagner tripled to the wall in left center.
Cal picked up a run in the second as 1B Nick Halamandaris led off with a solo home run to make it 2-1.
It was a steady drip of runs by Cal to overflow the scoreboard from then on. After a single and a walk in the third, Pearson singled in a run, and 3B Mitchell Kranson added a sacrifice fly. Halamandaris added a two-out RBI single to the hole at short in the third for a 5-1 lead.
In the fourth, SS Chris Paul reached on an error, stole second and came in on a sacrifice fly. In the Cal fifth, Pearson doubled and came in on another RBI single from Halamandaris. And in the Bears' sixth, C Andrew Knapp doubled home 2B Brendan Farney.
Cal sprung for four runs on a Pearson single, Kranson double, a passed ball on a wild pitch and a three-run home from Paul.
The Bears capped the scoring in the eighth, with Knapp hitting a solo home run to right.
Pacific tallied in the eighth when LF Jacob Goulder singled through the left side, moved to second on a single from CF Connor Bitzer and Mansfield delivered a single to left.
RHP Nick Viola put a zero up on the scoreboard in the ninth, allowing one hit and posting a strikeout.
LHP Kyle Crawford (1-3) took the loss, allowing five runs in three innings. RHP Mike Hager tossed three innings out of the bullpen, with three earned runs allowed.
Cal improved to 21-23 overall, while Pacific falls to 10-29.
The Tigers will play host to Hawai'i in a three-game Big West series opening Friday at 6 p.m. Saturday's game two will start at 4 p.m., with first pitch pushed back two hours from its' original start time. The series concludes Sunday at 1 p.m.