Pacific Baseball: Tigers Drop Series Finale At Bakersfield, 15-6
The Pacific baseball team could not keep up with a Cal State Bakersfield squad that struck first early in the game and never looked back, to hand Pacific a 15-6 series loss on Sunday, May 16.
With the loss, Pacific fell to 30-18 on the year while the Roadrunners improved to 23-25.
With the non-conference series on the line, the Tigers looked to junior Jake Hummel(Peoria, Ariz.) to provide a spark on the mound and keep the Roadrunner bats in check. However, despite recent success, Hummel struggled to hold back the Bakersfield attack as the Roadrunners were able to get in front of the junior hurler early and force the Tigers to play catch up.
After a scoreless first, the Roadrunners were able to post the first run of the game in the bottom of the second inning as they used a pair of one-out singles to get the ball rolling. With runners on the corner, Bakersfield manufactured their first run of the game with a deep fly to left that allowed the runner at third to score.
An inning later, the Roadrunners broke through again, this time posting their first crooked number of the day against the Tigers with four runs in the third. Agin with one out recorded in the inning, the Roadrunners strung together five straight hits including a double to left that scored all four runs.
Down five, Pacific began to show life at the plate as the Tigers responded in the top of the fourth with a pair of runs. A leadoff single by junior Brian Martin (Livermore, Calif.) set the inning up for the Tigers while the big hit came off the bat of senior Mike Walker (Marysville, Calif.) who blasted a two-run shot to right to get the Tigers on the board. The home run was his team-best 11th of the year.
The Tigers added a third run in the fifth to climb back within two runs of the Roadrunners at 5-3. Sophomore Allen Riley (Fresno, Calif.) knocked in the single run in the inning with a single through the right side of the infield which brought home sophomore Brett Christopher (Livermore, Calif.) who had reached on a single to left.
Pacific's bats would tack on a single run in each of the next three innings as they pounded out 13 hits in the game against the Roadrunner pitching. However, the six runs would not be enough for the Tigers as the Roadrunners posted a run in the bottom of the fifth and then tallied two more big innings against Pacific's pitching to break open the game. In the sixth, the Roadrunners tagged the Tigers with four more runs, using two hits, including one big fly to post their runs. In the eighth, they were able to put the game away for good with five runs in the inning, using five hits and one Tiger error to do their damage.
Offensively, the top of the order provided the spark for the Tigers as the top four players all posted multi-hit games with Walker leading the way with three hits in four at bats including tallying a team-best three RBI. Martin added two hits as well while scoring a team-high two runs. For the Roadrunners, Jeremy Rodriguez and Jason Kudlock each added three hits to lead the way while Rodriguez posted three RBI and Kudlock accounted for five RBI.
On the mound, Hummel lasted 4.2 innings for the Tigers as he gave up eight hits and six runs while striking out three and walking two. On the other side, Mike McCarthy threw a complete game for Bakersfield as he gave up 13 hits and six runs while striking out five and walking three.
Pacific next returns to action, continuing its three-week road trip at Cal Poly next weekend. First pitch is set for Friday, May 21 at 6 p.m. in San Luis Obispo.