Pacific Baseball Falls To UC Davis In Game Three
LF Gio Brusa homered again and drove in five, but the Pacific baseball team dropped a 10-7 decision to UC Davis in game three. Brusa finished the afternoon three-for-five with his fourth home run in the last six games.
But UC Davis used a four-run third inning to take a 7-3 lead and never look back, holding on for a 10-7 win.
3B Dustin Torchio also added a three-for-five day, clubbing a pair of doubles. The Tigers posted six extra-base hits, as 2B Tyger Pederson (two-for-five), C J.P. Yakel (one-for-three) and CF Tyler Sullivan (one-for-five) also doubled.
The Aggies (18-31, 5-16 Big West) picked up three runs in the third inning off of starter RHP Patrick Weigel. 3B Paul Politi opened the scoring with an RBI single and DH Cameron Olson, tripled to right center to bring home two more runs.
Sullivan doubled down the right field line to open the bottom of the first, and after 1B Erik Lockwood walked, Brusa launched his second home run of the series, and fourth of the season, over the right field wall to tie the game at 3-3.
UC Davis took the lead in the third on a bases-loaded hit by pitch, a balk, a sacrifice fly and a RBI double by SS Adam Young for a 7-3 lead.
The Aggies added a run in the fourth when 1B Spencer Henderson tripled and scored on a Politi RBI groundout off RHP Mike Hager.
The Tigers tallied a run in the fifth, as Torchio singled up the middle, and Lockwood reached on error. DH John Haberman ripped a single up the middle to pull Pacific within 8-4.
In the UC Davis seventh, a walk, a ground out and a Tino Lipson single gave the Aggies a 9-4 lead.
The Tigers answered with two runs in their half of the seventh, as Pederson singled and Torchio clubbed an RBI double to the right field corner. Brusa smoked an RBI single off the glove of the first baseman as Pacific trailed 9-6 entering the ninth.
Davis added an unearned run off of RHP Michael Benson in the ninth on a single and an error. Benson, returning from a broken non-pitching hand, made his first appearance since April 13, retired the first five he faced, including a one-two-three eighth inning.
The Tigers mounted a rally in the ninth, as Torchio doubled to right again, Lockwood singled to right field, and Brusa picked up his fifth RBI of the game with a line-drive single over the head of the second baseman, all with two out. However, RHP Craig Lanza posted a strikeout to end the ballgame.
Lanza tossed the final four innings, allowing seven hits and three earned runs to pick up his second save. RHP Evan Wolf (3-3) earned the victory with three runs allowed in five innings on six hits. LHP Kyle Crawford (1-4) took the loss for Pacific, giving up four runs in 1.2 innings of relief.
Brusa finished the series 6-for-13 (.461) with two homers and six RBI. He also homered Tuesday at Santa Clara and last Saturday against Hawai'i.
The Tigers (13-33, 5-16 Big West) are back in action on Tuesday, at 6 p.m. against Sacramento State to close out a four-game home stand.