Pacific Baseball Comes Up Short At Northridge, 5-2
RHP Jake Jenkins turned in another solid outing, but a three-run first inning was enough for Cal State Northridge to take a 5-2 decision Saturday against the Pacific baseball team.
Jenkins settled down after the first, striking out a career-high seven and not allowing another hit until the sixth inning. He departed after 7.1 innings, with six hits allowed and four runs charged to his record.
Senior 3B Dustin Torchio picked up three hits, and SS Brett Sullivan drove in both runs for Pacific, but Northridge RHP Calvin Copping tallied a career-high six strikeouts and allowed six hits in eight innings before giving way for the ninth. 1B/RHP Josh Goossen-Brown tossed the ninth for his seventh save.
After Pacific stranded two in the top of the first, Northridge put up three in the bottom half. Following a lead-off walk, SS Kyle Attl singled up the middle and after a sacrifice bunt, Goossen-Brown's groundout put the Matadors on the board. RF Chester Pak singled through the left side to plate Attl and took second on the throw. C Alex Mercado singled to right to bring Pak home and cap the inning.
Jenkins settled down after that, facing 17 straight batters without allowing a hit. He fanned the side in the fourth inning on 13 pitches, setting Matador hitters up for called strike-three to each batter.
Pacific picked up a run in the third, as CF Tyler Sullivan's hot shot past third couldn't be handled, and Torchio singled to left center to set up runners on the corners. Brett Sullivan pulled a grounder to the right side for an RBI fielder's choice to cut the margin to 3-1.
Copping allowed a pair of singles in the fourth, but the got out of the inning with a double play and retired 10 of the next 11, save a Torchio single in the fifth.
Tyler Sullivan doubled in the eighth and took third on a groundout, before Brett Sullivan brought him in with an RBI groundout to pull Pacific within 3-2.
Goossen-Brown led off the eighth with a single off Jenkins, and after a sacrifice bunt, Jenkins gave way to RHP Bryce Lombardi. Mercano greeted him with an RBI single to left, taking second second on the throw. After a wild pitch, LF Cal Vogelsang put down the safety squeeze for a second insurance run and a 5-2 Northridge lead.
DH Tyger Pederson singled in the ninth, but was stranded at second as Goossen-Brown coaxed a pair of groundouts to earn the save.
Jenkins, who was on the short-end of a 1-0 defeat against No. 21 UC Irvine last Sunday, has a 2.93 ERA in his last two outings, striking out 11 in 15.1 innings.
The Tigers fall to 10-27 on the year, 3-11 in Big West play. The Matadors pick up their first series win over Pacific in four seasons to improve to 25-18 overall, 10-4 in the Big West.
Game three is Sunday at 1 p.m. at Matador Field.