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Pacific Baseball Faces Cal 6 p.m. Tuesday At Home

Apr 29, 2013

The Pacific baseball team steps out of conference Tuesday for a mid-week match-up against California at Klein Family Field. First pitch is 6 p.m.

The Tigers will send junior LHP Kyle Crawford to the mound for his 20th career start. Crawford is 1-2 this season with a 4.79 ERA in 35.2 innings pitched. Crawford's last outing was a 1.0 inning relief stint at Nevada last Tuesday. He allowed an earned run on three hits.

Cal (20-23) will give the ball to freshman LHP Jake Schulz for the start. Schulz is 0-2 with an 8.10 ERA on the year in 20 innings of work. His last appearance was also a one-inning relief stint last Tuesday, as he allowed a hit in a scoreless frame against No. 18 Cal Poly.

The Tigers outfield has been hot offensively, as sophomore CF Tyler Sullivan is hitting .410 (25-for-61) in his last 18 games, with 20 runs scored and 10 RBI. He's also added seven doubles, two triples and a home run in that span. He hit .455 in the series against UC Irvine. In the Tigers' win Saturday (4/20), he turned in a three-for-five day with a career-best eight total bases. Sullivan hit his first career home run and drove in five runs while doubling twice.

Freshman OF/DH Gio Brusa is hitting .365 (19-for-52) in his last 15 games. He went 8-for-11 in the Long Beach State series. He's also walked seven times  for a .531 on base percentage in that span. Brusa reached base six consecutive times over the weekend against No. 21 UC Irvine, including a rare 0-3-0-0 line on Saturday (4/20) which included four walks and three runs scored. He singled in his first two at bats Sunday (4/21) before finally being retired to end the streak. Brusa added an RBI triple in Sunday's game at Northridge (4/28)

Catcher J.P. Yakel made his second start of the season Sunday at Northridge (4/28) and picked up two hits in three at bats. Yakel also walked and was hit by pitch to reach base four of five times. He delivered a bases loaded RBI single in the seventh to tie the game at 2-2.

Tuesday's game opens up a four-game home stand for Pacific. The Tigers play host to Hawai'i in a Big West series opening Friday at 6 p.m. Saturday's game two has moved to a 4 p.m. first pitch, with Sunday's game at 1 p.m.

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