Popham Deals and Goulder Delivers In Pacific's 3-0 Win Over UNLV
Junior RHP Cory Popham hurled a complete-game shutout and senior LF Jacob Goulder added a two-run single as the Pacific baseball team defeated UNLV 3-0 Friday at Klein Family Field.
The Tigers' second game of the Pacific Baseball Invitational was a pitchers' duel as Pacific's junior right-hander and UNLV starter Buddy Borden each went the distance. Pacific improves to 2-3 on the year, while UNLV falls to 4-3.
Popham (1-0) struck out five and walked just one, surrendering five hits in his nine innings.
The transfer from Glendale Community College issued a one-out walk in the top of the first, and UNLV's CF Mark Shannon roped a line drive into centerfield. But Tyler Sullivan's diving catch in the first inning provided the second out and started a stretch of nine-straight batters retired by Popham.
Shannon tallied the Rebels' first hit, a one-out line drive to center, but was quickly erased on a 6-4-3 double-play to end the inning.
Borden was equally sharp for UNLV, as he set down the first 12 Tigers in order. Sophomore 1B Erik Lockwood lined a single to center for Pacific's first hit, and after a sacrifice bunt moved him to second, Lockwood came in to score on a wild pitch and throwing error by the catcher.
Popham faced his only dangerous situation of the game in the seventh, when RF Brandon Bayardi and 3B Joey Armstrong hit back-to-back one-out singles. After Armstrong stole second, Popham fanned PH Ryan Scott. With a base open, an errant breaking pitch hit the next batter, but Popham coaxed a comebacker from PH Matt VanMeetren to end the inning.
In the bottom of the seventh, the Tigers put two on, RF Taylor Murphy reached with two outs, and 2B Tyger Pederson followed with a walk. After a failed pickoff allowed Murphy to advance, Pederson stole second and Goulder brought them both in with a line drive to center.
Popham gave up a leadoff single to T.J. White in the eighth, but retired the next six to polish off the victory, punching out Scott to end the ballgame.
Borden allowed a double to freshman DH Brett Sullivan in the eighth, his third hit allowed in eight innings of work. He finished with three strikeouts, one walk, and three unearned runs to fall to 1-1.
With both starters dealing, the game was wrapped up in a brisk hour and 44 minutes.
Both teams will face Gonzaga on Saturday, with the Rebels taking on the Bulldogs at 12 p.m, and the Tigers to follow against Gonzaga at 4 p.m.