Tigers Fall To Cal In Home Finale
STOCKTON, Calif. - Junior RF Allen Riley (Fresno, Calif.) hit his third home run of the season for Pacific, but Cal emerged with a 9-2 win in the Tigers' final home game of the season Tuesday night at Klein Family Field. The Golden Bears tallied 15 hits to earn a split in the season series, as the Tigers knocked off then No. 13 Cal in Berkeley on April 5.
Riley posted a two-for-four night at the plate, with a solo home run and a deep single to right. Sophomore 3B Dustin Torchio (Santa Cruz, Calif.) added a two-for-four performance, while sophomore 2B Tyger Pederson (Palo Alto, Calif.) went one-for-three with a run scored to finish the season six-for-eight at the plate against Cal this season.
Cal opened with a four-run first on three hits as the Golden Bears stole four bases in the inning, and RF Chad Bunting hit a two-run home run, his fourth of the season. Pacific starter RHP Chris Larsen (Moline, Ill.), who departed after the first frame due to discomfort in his arm, took the loss to fall to 1-3.
In the second, LF Austin Booker drove a solo home run over the wall in right center field, his first of the year, to put the Bears ahead 5-0.
Riley cut into the gap in the bottom of the second, taking Cal RHP Kevin Miller deep to right for his third round-tripper of the year as the Tigers clawed back to 5-1.
Senior DH/RHP Matt Carvutto (Poway, Calif.) tossed three innings in relief for Pacific. After allowing RBI singles to DH Vince Bruno, Booker and SS Marcus Semien, Carvutto retired six of eight for a scoreless fourth and fifth innings.
Carvutto picked up an RBI at the plate in the third, as Pederson and Torchio ripped back-to-back one-out singles to left. Carvutto skied a deep fly ball to left allowing Pederson to score on the sacrifice fly.
In the sixth, Cal 2B Tony Renda tripled to dead center and had time to come in to score on a bobble, one of two hits allowed by sophomore LHP John Haberman (Stockton, Calif.) who allowed one run in two innings of work.
Junior RHPs Jared Wagner (Danville, Calif.) and John Prato Matthews (Davis, Calif.) each tossed scoreless frames in the eighth and ninth respectively, with Prato Matthews turning in a one-two-three ninth.
Miller lasted seven innings, giving up both runs on six hits for Cal while striking out seven to improve to 6-4 on the season and lower his ERA to 2.27. RHP Logan Scott struck out two in his two innings of work as Cal improves to 31-18 on the season.
Pacific (16-35) will visit UC Santa Barbara for a three-game Big West series to close the season. The series gets underway with a 3 p.m. contest Friday, followed by 1 p.m. games on Saturday and Sunday.