No. 22 Cal Rallies Late on Pacific Baseball
Berkeley, Calif. – Erik Lockwood went two-for-three with a double, a run scored and a run batted in, but the No. 22 Cal Golden Bears took game three from Pacific behind a six-run eighth inning, 9-3.
Trailing 3-2 in the top of the eighth, freshman PH Tyler Sullivan delivered a game-tying single to drive in Lockwood, but in the bottom of the frame, the Bears sent 10 men to the plate and tallied six runs to take the three-game series.
Junior LHP John Haberman allowed two earned runs in six innings, with four strikeouts in his first start of the season in a no-decison.
Sophomore C Jason Taasaas went one-for-four with a run scored, while sophomore DH Peter Miller finished the day one-for-two with a run scored.
Cal RHP Logan Scott (1-0) blew the 3-2 lead in the eighth, but picked up the win thanks to the Bears' big inning in the bottom half.
The Bears worked across a run in the first as 2B Tony Renda singled, stole second and third, and scored on a groundout to short from C Chadd Crist.
The Tigers earned the run back in the second as Taasaas singled to center and advanced to second on a wild pitch by Cal starter Michael Theofanopoulus. Miller grounded up the middle to the shortstop, and Taasaas advanced to third before scoring on Lockwood's single deep in the hole at short.
Pacific took a 2-1 lead in the fifth, as Miller opened with a single through the left side and took third on a failed pickoff attempt. With one out, sophomore 2B Curtis Gomez hit a grounder towards the hole on the left side, which got by into lef field for a RBI and a Tigers' lead.
Cal wasted no time getting the run back, as SS Derek Campbell singled through the right side and after a walk, Haberman's pick-off attempt at second got loose into centerfield allowing the runners to advance. DH Paul Toboni drove home a run on a sacrifice fly before Krist singled to plate the second run to give the Bears the 3-2 lead.
After Haberman left after the sixth, senior RHP John Prato Matthews tossed a scoreless seventh and the Tigers drew even in the eighth.
Lockwood led off the eighth by greeting Scott with a double to the left field corner on the first pitch he saw. Gomez laid down a sacrifice bunt to move the tying run 90 feet from home, and Sullivan, the freshman OF from Stockton, roped a 1-2 pitch into right field to tie the ballgame.
Prato Matthews opened the bottom of the eighth by hitting CF Chad Bunting with a pitch. Following a sac bunt, Danny Oh walked with one out, and Campbell greeted junior RHP Kyle Shaver with a RBI single past third base to tie the game. Cal LF Darrel Matthews hit a line drive to right field, which rolled to the wall after a diving effort by senior RF Allen Riley, as two runs came in on the triple.
Pacific intentionally walked Renda and replaced Shaver with LHP Paul Moeller, who struck out PH Chris Paul for the second out. Krist doubled in the fourth run of the inning, and 1B Andrew Knapp followed with a two-run single to center to cap the scoring.
Cal RHP Trevor Hildenberger faced four in the ninth, as Taasaas reached on an error, but coaxed a pop-up to end the ballgame and complete the sweep of Pacific.
Prato Matthews (0-1) was charged with the loss, with two earned runs on his ledger against one hit in 1.1 innings of work. The Bears scored 15 runs in 10 innings off the Tigers' bullpen in the three-game series. The Cal bullpen held Pacific to one run in nine innings, shutting out Pacific for the first seven until Sullivan's RBI single Sunday.
Pacific (0-3) will play host to Stanford on Tuesday in a 6 p.m. game at Klein Family Field.