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Pacific Baseball Takes On No. 21 UC Irvine In Home Weekend Series

Apr 18, 2013

The Pacific baseball team faces yet another ranked team when No. 21 UC Irvine visits Klein Family Field for a three-game series opening Friday at 6 p.m.

By the conclusion of the series, the Tigers will have 10 games against teams in the polls. All told, 18 of Pacific's first 34 games will be against teams that have spent time in the polls this season.

Pacific goes for its first win against a ranked team since March 3, when the Tigers knocked off then-No. 2 Arkansas, 4-3, in Arizona at the Coca-Cola Surprise Classic.

With injuries to two starting pitchers, the Tigers senior left-hander John Haberman has stepped up in their absence. In his last three outings, Haberman has allowed one earned run in 13 innings of work for a 0.69 ERA. In that time, he's surrendered 12 hits (and just one for extra bases, a double), with two walks for a 1.077 WHIP.

Haberman gets the start in Friday's game one. In his last outing, he turned in a six-inning effort at UC Riverside (4/14) in which he allowed one earned run over six innings on six hits. He tossed six innings allowing one unearned run against Long Beach on April 7, fanning three while walking none. He retired 10 in a row in one stretch during the ballgame.

UC Irvine (23-10) will send RHP Andrew Thurman to the mound in game one. Thurman is 3-3 with a 2.24 ERA on the year. In 56.1 innings, he's struck out 54 against 11 walks. In his last outing, he took a no decision against Cal State Northridge, allowing two earned runs in 7.2 innings on five hits while striking out nine.

In game two on Saturday at 2 p.m., Pacific turns to junior LHP Kyle Crawford (1-1, 4.55 ERA, 31.2 innings pitched). Crawford allowed three earned runs in 5.1 innings at UC Riverside on Sunday, taking a no decision.

He'll be opposed by the Anteaters' LHP Matt Whitehouse. Whitehouse is 3-3 with a 2.60 ERA in 55.1 innings. He's struck out 52 batters on the year against nine walks. Against Northridge last Saturday, Whitehouse was saddled with a loss despite allowing just two earned runs in six innings while striking out eight. He surrendered nine hits to the Matadors.

For Salute To the Troops Sunday with a 1 p.m. first pitch, Pacific's starter has not been determined. UC Irvine will send RHP Andrew Morales to the bump. Morales is 8-0 on the year with a 1.56 ERA in 52.0 innings. He's struck out 42 against 14 walks. On Sunday, Morales tossed seven innings with no earned runs allowed, giving six hits in a win over the Matadors.

Following the weekend games, Pacific will visit Nevada on Tuesday.

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