Pacific Baseball Drops Midweek Matchup With Nevada, 11-9
Despite a season high 16 hits, the Tigers fell in a mid-week matchup to Nevada, 11-9. Each team used six pitchers in a battle of the bullpens.
Sophomore 1B Erik Lockwood went three-for-four at the plate with three runs batted in, while senior SS Dustin Torchio added a two-for-five night with a pair of RBI. Senior 2B Tyger Pederson drove in two on a pair of sacrifice flies, while sophomore CF Tyler Sullivan rapped out three hits in four trips to the plate.
Pacific got on the board first, and answered a five-run Nevada second with a two-run third and a five-run fourth inning. But the Wolf Pack turned in a four-run sixth inning to take the lead, added two more in the eighth and the Tigers picked up only one run in the final five innings.
The Tigers fall to 4-7 on the season, while Nevada improves to 9-4.
Freshman DH Brett Sullivan walked to open the bottom of the first, moved to second on a sacrifice by freshman 3B J.J. Wagner, and came around on a single to left by Lockwood.
In the second, following a single, a sacrifice bunt and a one-out walk,
Nevada SS Kyle Hunt singled to center to load the bases. Pacific starter RHP Patrick Weigel walked a pair of batters and junior LHP Kyle Crawford issued a walk before knocking down an infield single off his leg. 3B Austin
Byler brought home the fifth run of the inning with an RBI groundout before Crawford got out of the inning with a come-backer.
Wagner led off the third with a double down the left field line for Pacific, and Torchio followed with a single to right, taking second on the throw home, which held Wagner at third. Lockwood delivered another RBI single, and Pederson walked to chase Nevada starter LHP Barry Timko.
RHP Daniel Levine forced a ground ball double-play which plated Torchio, and then ended the inning with a popup.
The Tigers hung five on the scoreboard in the fourth to take a 8-5 lead. Freshman LF Gio Brusa and Tyler Sullivan each singled, and with one out, Wagner beat out an infield single to lad the bases. Torchio ripped a line drive past first base for two runs, and Lockwood posted another RBI single.
Pederson's sacrifice fly plated Torchio and Lockwood came in to score on a wild pitch to cap the scoring. RHP Colby Blueberg gave up a single to sophomore RF Taylor Murphy, but recorded a strikeout to end the frame.
In the Nevada sixth, sophomore RHP Bryce Lombardi was greeted by a Hunt double. C Joe Setum and CF Jamison Rowe tallied back-to-back singles. Senior LHP John Haberman entered, and after a sacrifice fly, and a single through the right side, a hit by pitch to Byler loaded the bases.
DH Brett Jones singled home a run and 1B Hugo Hernandez walked before a fielders' choice ended the inning with the Wolf Pack in front, 9-8.
Nevada added a run in the eighth on a pair of walks and a two-run double by PH Joe Niebergall off freshman RHP Nick Viola.
The Tigers answered in the eighth with a run as Wagner singled to short, and following a passed ball and a walk, Pederson delivered another sacrifice fly. Junior C Jason Taasaas followed with a single up the middle, but Wolf Pack closer RHP Michael Fain recorded the strikeout to end the threat.
After senior LHP Travis Lumby tossed a 1-2-3 ninth, Fain set down the Tigers in order in the bottom half for his fourth save.
The loss went to Haberman (0-3), who allowed one earned run in an inning of work.
Blueberg picked up the win to improve to 1-0 on the season, as he tossed 2.2 innings of scoreless ball, allowing three hits with one strikeout.
Pacific will hit the road for an 11-day, seven-game road trip beginning Friday at TCU. Pacific opens a three-game series against the Horned Frogs at 4:30 p.m.