Pacific Baseball Topped By Cal Poly, 8-3
LHP John Haberman allowed two earned runs in his fourth-straight quality start, but Cal Poly benefitted from five unearned runs in the ballgame for a 8-3 win over Pacific Friday at Klein Family Field.
Haberman has a 1.96 ERA in his last four outings, allowing two earned runs or fewer while throwing six or more innings in each game, but has a 1-1 record and a pair of no decisions in that span. He tossed six innings, striking out five, but took the loss (2-6) after four unearned runs came in to score in the third inning.
SS Brett Sullivan was three-for-four with a triple and an RBI, while RF Jacob Goulder reached base twice in four trips with a hit and a walk.
The two teams combined for nine errors in the contest, with Cal Poly committing four. Only five of the game's 11 runs were earned.
Cal Poly (39-16 overall, 17-9 Big West), scored an unearned run in the second. After a single by RF Nick Torres, Haberman had Torres picked off, but the throw down to second base was muffed. Following a walk to C Elliot Stewart, the Mustangs tried for the double-steal, but C Jason Taasaas threw down to second base in time to get Stewart in a run down. The throw back towards first base ricocheted, with Sullivan scooping it up and resuming the run down to tag out Elliot, but the extra sequence allowed Torres to score.
Pacific answered in the second, tying the game on an Erik Lockwood single, an error and an RBI single by Sullivan.
In the Cal Poly third, a throwing error put SS Peter Van Gansen on second base, and back-to-back singles gave the Mustangs a 2-1 lead. Torres added a sacrifice fly, and two more runs came in on another error for a 5-1 Cal Poly advantage.
The Tigers picked up a run in the fourth, as Lockwood and LF Gio Brusa reached on back-to-back miscues. After a double-play, Sullivan posted an RBI triple for the second-straight game, pulling a line drive into the right field corner.
Pacific pulled within 5-3 in the fifth, as Goulder singled to left center and CF Tyler Sullivan followed with a double. 3B Dustin Torchio posted an RBI groundout to bring the Tigers within two runs.
But the Mustangs answered with a pair in the sixth, as LF David Armendariz singled off Haberman, Stewart added a seeing-eye single up the middle, and after 1B John Schuknecht picked up an RBI single, Stewart trotted home on a wild pitch.
Pacific seemingly had a response in the their half of the sixth, as Brusa walked, Taasaas singled to right center, and Brett Sullivan singled through the right side to load the bases. But Poly LHP Matt Imfoh posted a pair of strikeouts and a foul pop-up to strand the bases loaded.
Imhof (7-3) departed after six in line for the win, having allowed two earned runs on seven hits. RHP Chase Johnson (1.0 IP) and LHP Taylor Chase (2.0 IP) retired nine of the 11 they faced, with each surrendering a walk the rest of the way.
DH Brian Mundell added a solo homer in the ninth of RHP Patrick Weigel, who struck out a pair in his three innings of work out of the bullpen.
Pacific (14-39, 6-20 BWC) will wrap the 2013 season on Saturday at 2 p.m., in the Tigers' final game in the Big West.