February 28, 2012

Tiger Bats Unload For Win Over Sacramento State

Stockton, Calif. - The Pacific baseball team totaled a season-high 18 hits as every position player in the lineup picked up at least one in a 13-10 win over Sacramento State on Tuesday at Klein Family Field.

Freshman DH Taylor Murphy clubbed four hits in five at bats with two RBI, senior LF Brett Christopher picked up two hits, including his first homer of the year, to go with two RBI, and junior 1B Tyger Pederson (two-for-three) added two RBI and three runs scored. Sophomore 2B Riley Drongesen collected two hits and drove in three, while junior 3B Dustin Tochio (2-for-4) drove in two and scored three. Sophomore C Jason Taasaas (2-for-3) added an RBI and freshman CF Tyler Sullivan finished one-for-two with an RBI, a run scored and two walks.

The Tigers batted around in the first and never looked back, leading by as many as seven runs. Torchio walked to open the home first, and after senior RF Allen Riley singled, Pederson drove in two with a double to right. Murphy singled to left, and Taasaas singled up the middle for a 4-0 Pacific lead.

Sacramento State picked up one back in the second, on a solo homer to left by Rhys Hoskins, but Pacific answered with two more in the third. Pederson walked before a single by Murphy, and Drongesen doubled down the left field line to plate them both and chase Hornets starter RHP Garrett Kraemer.

Tigers' junior starter LHP Travis Lumby held Sac State to three hits and one run through the fifth, but in the sixth, a pair of grounders found their way through for singles, and after a walk to load the bases, Hoskins connected again, this time for a grand slam to left to cut the Tigers' lead to 6-5. Senior LHP Joe Spizzirri replaced Lumby and got a pair of ground ball outs to end the inning.

Pacific wasted no time restoring a cushion, tallying four in their half of the sixth off RHP Brandon Creel. Senior SS Josh Simms tripled to right, and Sullivan singled for a 7-5 lead with no body out. Torchio doubled down the left-field line to make it 8-5, and Creel was replaced by LHP Tyler Hoeltzen, who got the next two men out before Pederson singled up the middle for an run. After a passed ball, Murphy shot one through the middle into centerfield for the fourth run of the frame, before RHP Shea Lukes came out of the bullpen to record the final out.

The Hornets got one back in the seventh off Spizzirri, on a single by 3B Will Soto and a double from 1B Trevor Paine.

The Tigers tacked on three more in the seventh. After a walk to Taasaas and a sacrifice bunt, RHP Hunter Adrian replaced Lukes and walked Sullivan. Torchio singled to right for a run, and after Sullivan was thrown out on the basepaths, Christopher hammered a 1-1 pitch over the wall in left for 13-6 Pacific lead.

The Hornets posted four in the eighth, as PH Justin Higley tripled and LF Andrew Ayers homered to left. Following a walk to Derrick Chung, Soto doubled to right and advanced to third on a throwing error that allowed Chung to score. Senior RHP John Prato Matthews relieved Larsen, and following a fielding error, coaxed a double-play to end the inning.

Lumby earned his first win of the year, going 5.1 innings with four strike outs. He allowed five earned runs, all on Hoskins' two homers. Prato Matthews tossed the final 1.2 innings, but did not qualify for the save, entering with a four-run lead.

Kraemer absorbed the loss, falling to 0-1 on the year, allowing six earned on nine hits in 2.2 innings. Sacramento State falls to 4-4.

Pacific (1-8) picked up its first win of the year and will head out on the road for a three-game series at Kansas State starting Friday at 1 p.m. PT.