Pacific Baseball: Pacific Lets Lead Slip Away Late, Falls 8-2 At Long Beach State
With the loss Pacific fell to 17-9 on the year and 1-2 in Big West play while Long Beach State improved to 13-12 and 2-1 in conference.
Junior Mike Walker (Marysville, Calif.) led off the second inning for the Tigers with a single to right field. After advancing to second on a passed ball, Walker scored on a single to right field by junior Matthew Carvutto (Poway, Calif.) as Pacific took a 1-0 lead.
In the third inning, senior Joe Oliveira (San Diego, Calif.) pounded a single to left center and advanced to second when junior Nick Longmire (San Diego, Calif.) was hit by Long Beach State starter Brandon Pinder. Sophomore Brett Christopher (Livermore, Calif.) lined a 1-1 pitch into center field to stake the Tigers to a 2-0 lead.
Tiger starting pitcher Jake Hummel (Peoria, Ariz.) did not give up a run in his first five innings of work, before the 49ers scored on an RBI single from Steve Tinoco in the bottom of the sixth.
Hummel retired three straight in the seventh, before the 49ers opened up the game in the eighth inning. Brennan Metzger reached on catcher's interference and was sacrificed to second. Metzger was retired at third trying to advance on a grounder for the second out. A single and a walk loaded the bases for T.J. Mittelstaedt, who doubled to center field to clear the bases and give the 49ers a 4-2 lead. Junior Thomas Berolzheimer (Stockton, Calif.) relieved Hummel, and gave up three straight RBI hits to make it 7-2. Junior Robbie Richardson (Lodi, Calif.) then came on, allowing an RBI single from Metzger to make it 8-2.
Jason Markovitz (1-0) picked up the win in relief for Long Beach State, pitching the final 1.2 innings. Hummel (3-2) took the loss for the Tigers, allowing five runs in 7.2 innings. Walker and junior J.B. Brown (Alvin, Texas) each had two hits for the Tigers.
Pacific next returns to action on Tuesday, April 6, for a 6 p.m. first pitch at Santa Clara.