Pacific Baseball: Sprague Earns Career Victory No. 150 With 6-5 Win Over UC Riverside
Pacific consistently plated runs and was able to get ahead early to hold off UC Riverside 6-5 on Saturday, April 10. The victory is also the 150th career win for head coach Ed Sprague.
With the win the Tigers have now claimed the series and are 19-10 on the year and 3-2 in Big West action, while the Highlanders fell to 14-11 and 2-3 in the conference.
Despite the Highlanders scoring the first run in the top of the third inning with a 1-0 lead, Pacific responded by scoring over the next three-consecutive innings after tying the game 1-1 in the bottom of the third. The game culminated with a three-run sixth inning to give the Tigers a quick 6-1 lead.
Junior Nick Longmire (San Diego, Calif.) began the inning working a full-count walk as the first baserunner aboard. Then sophomore Brett Christopher (Livermore, Calif.) singled through the right side of the diamond on a hit-and-run that put Longmire all the way over to third base. With runners at the corners, junior Brian Martin (Livermore, Calif.) singled into right field bringing home Longmire and moving Christopher 90 feet from scoring at third base. After launching a homerun in the previous inning, senior Mike Walker (Marysville, Calif.) flew out to center field but tallied a sacrifice fly as Christopher scored from third. One out later Haberman singled and moved Martin over to third base.
That forced UC Riverside to go to the bullpen and junior Matthew Carvutto (Poway, Calif.) singled through the left side of the field and brought in the third run for the Tigers to make it a 6-1 lead.
In the next half inning, the Highlanders plated four runs for the final 6-5 score. Senior RHP David Rowse (Pleasanton, Calif.) was then lifted from the game and senior RHP Hunter Carnevale (Roseville, Calif.) kept UC Riverside scoreless throughout the contest to earn his third save of the year.
Rowse garnered the victory for the Tigers and improved to 6-0 on the year. Dustin Emmons suffered the loss for UC Riverside and fell to 4-2 this season. Offensively, Haberman paced Pacific going 4-for-5 at the plate with a run scored.
Game two of the doubleheader is slated for 6 p.m. tonight.