No. 21 Oregon State Nips Pacific Baseball in San Diego

 

San Diego, Calif.  –  The Pacific baseball team battled back from a five-run deficit to close within one, but No. 21 Oregon State pulled away for a 10-7 win Thursday afternoon at Cunningham Stadium. Four Tigers posted two-hits each, with Curtis Gomez driving in two, but the Tigers couldn't come all the way back after spotting the Beavers a 5-0 lead.

Down 5-0 after two, Pacific scored in four straight innings as freshman RHP Bryce Lombardi kept the Beavers from adding on to the lead. Pacific narrowed the margin to 5-3 before the Oregon State tacked on two runs in fifth. Pacific responded with four more runs to close within 8-7, but a two-run seventh gave the Beavers a three-run advantage.

Gomez, a sophomore 2B, was two-for-five with an RBI double and an RBI single and a run scored, while senior SS Josh Simms went two-for-four with a double and an RBI. Junior 3B Dustin Torchio added a two-for-five day with a pair of runs batted in, while sophomore DH Peter Miller was two-for-two with an RBI and a run scored.

Senior RF Allen Riley added an RBI single in the fifth and freshman CF Tyler Sullivan walked twice and scored twice.

Oregon State tallied two in the top of the first, on a pair of singles, a sacrifice fly and an RBI single by 3B Kavin Keyes; and the Beavers added three more in the second off Pacific starting LHP Paul Moeller (0-1). LF Ryan Barnes doubled in a run and scored on a two-run double from SS Ryan Dunn.

Moeller departed after 1.2 innings, and after Lombardi retired four of his first five, Pacific got on the board in the third inning. Miller and senior LF Brett Christopher poked back-to-back singles with nobody out and Torchio delivered a two-run single before OSU LHP Ben Wetzler got out of the jam.

In the fourth, Lombardi retired the side without any damage and Sullivan walked and came around on Miller's RBI single to cut the gap to 5-3.

LHP Travis Lumby took the hill for the fifth, and after a one-out single from Keyes and a double by 1B Danny Hayes, Lumby retired C Jake Rodriguez and got CF Joey Matthews to swing at strike three. But the pitch in the dirt skipped away, allowing Keyes to score with Matthews safe on first and 2B John Tommasini followed with a doubled to make it a 7-3 ballgame.

Pacific battled back again, picking up two in the bottom of the fifth, as Simms and Gomez opened with back-to-back doubles to make it 7-4. With one out, Riley singled to right to plate Gomez, but Wetzler got out of the inning with a 6-4-3 double-play.

Oregon State picked up a run back in the sixth for an 8-5 lead on a pair of walks and an RBI single from Hayes.

In the home half of the sixth, Sullivan led off with a walk and sophomore C Jason Taasaas reached on a fielders' choice with Sullivan safe at second. Simms drove home Sullivan with an RBI single to right, and Gomez followed with a single through the left side to plate junior PH/DH John Haberman, who replaced Taasaas on the basepaths via fielder's choice, narrowing the margin to 8-7.

In the seventh, Lumby opened the inning by issuing a walk to Matthews, and RHP Kyle Shaver entered, allowing a hit and a pair of walks. Senior LHP Joe Spizziri retired the final three of the inning, with the second run of the inning coming home on a groundout for the first out before Spizziri stranded two.

Spizziri shut down the Beavers the rest of the way, but after allowing one run in the seventh, OSU RHP Taylor Starr allowed one hit – erased on a double-play – before departing with one out in the ninth.

Matt Boyd recorded the final two outs for Oregon State for his first save, while Wetzler picked up the win, lasting five innings and allowing six earned.

Lombardi struck out two in his 2.1 innings of hitless work out of the bullpen and Spizzirri allowed just a single in the ninth with two strikeouts in his three shutout innings. Moeller took the loss, allowing five earned in 1.2 innings.

Pacific falls to 0-5 on the year, with all five losses coming at the hand of ranked opponents. Pacific has been tied or within a run in the sixth inning or later in four of the five contests.  Oregon State improves to 4-1.

The Tigers will face San Diego (1-2) tomorrow at USD's Cunningham Stadium in a 2 p.m. contest.