Baseball: Tigers Hold On For 4-3 Win Over Cal State Northridge
Senior RHP Marcus Pointer (Pacifica, Calif.) turned in his longest outing of the year, taking a shutout into the ninth as the Pacific baseball team earned a 4-3 win over Cal State Northridge Friday at Matador Field. Sophomore 2B Tyger Pederson (Palo Alto, Calif.) and senior 1B Brian Martin (Livermore, Calif.) each picked up three-hit ballgames as the Tigers evened the Big West series at a game apiece.
Pointer allowed five hits through his first eight innings of working, taking a 4-0 lead into the bottom of the ninth. The right-hander struck out four batters and turned in three one-two-three innings, and posted a zero after the Tigers scored four times to earn his third win of the season.
Pederson singled to open the ballgame, and after being sacrificed to second by 3B Dustin Torchio (Santa Cruz, Calif.), senior CF Matt Carvutto (Poway, Calif.) delivered an RBI single back through the middle to out Pacific up 1-0.
In the fourth, Martin singled to right to lead off the frame and sophomore DH John Haberman (Stockton, Calif.) doubled down the left field line to plate Martin and provide a 2-0 margin.
The Tigers tallied again in the fifth, as Pederson and Torchio each singled to center with one out. After Carvutto was hit by pitch to load the bases, Martin added a single to left to score Pederson. Northridge starter Paul Tremlin (2-3), escaped further damage with a double-play ground ball.
In the Tigers' sixth, junior LF Daniel Johnston (Portola Valley, Calif.) pulled a double down the left-field line, and with two outs, junior SS Josh Simms (La Mesa, Calif.) singled home Johnston to give Pacific a 4-0 lead. Simms' single extended his hitting streak to a team-leading eight games.
After retiring the side in order in the eighth, Pointer took the hill for the ninth, but C Marty Bowen singled through shortstop, and Pointer walked DH Steven Keller. Junior RHP Chris Larsen (Moline, Ill.) was summoned from the bullpen, and was greeted by a three-run home run to left field from Tommy Simis, his third of the season.
Larsen forced a groundout from SS Kyle Attl for the first out, and retired 2B TS Reed on a dribbler up the first base line. With two outs, Larsen made LF Adam Barry roll a pitch over to second base to end the ball game and pick up his fourth save of the season.
Pacific, which recorded 17 hits in Thursday's ballgame added 13 hits in the victory.
With the win, the Tigers improve to 12-22 on the season, and 4-7 in the Big West. The Matadors fall to 18-20 overall, 1-7 in the Big West.
The rubber match of the three-game series is slated for a 1 p.m. first pitch Saturday, with RHP Jake Hummel (Peoria, Ariz.) taking his 4-3 record and 3.53 ERA to the mound against the Matadors' Josh Goossen-Brown (4-1, 3.72 ERA).