Pacific Downs Creighton Via Nine Unanswered Runs
Stockton, Calif. – The Pacific baseball team scored nine unanswered runs on 16 hits for a 9-3 win over Creighton Saturday at Klein Family Field. Sophomore LHP Kyle Crawford rebounded for six shutout innings after a three-run Bluejay first, and the Tigers bats racked up five doubles for four multi-run innings.
Junior 3B Dustin Torchio posted a four-hit afternoon with a double and three runs batted in and three runs scored. Senior SS Josh Simms went three-for-four with an RBI, three runs scored while stealing a pair of bases. Senior RF Allen Riley collected three hits, including two doubles, in five trips, while driving in three.
Senior OF Brett Christopher added a two-for-three day, with a pair of sacrifice bunts, while sophomore 2B Riley Drongesen posted two hits in five at bats, including a double.
Crawford allowed three runs on three hits and a walk in the first inning, and then faced one over the minimum through the seventh. He allowed two hits –singles in the third and fifth, with the runners erased on a caught stealing each time – in his final six innings.
Pacific tallied two in the third, as Simms singled down the third base line, stole second and took third when the throw sailed into centerfield. Torchio singled through the left side to cut the margin to 3-1, and then stole second base. Riley delivered an RBI single up the middle as Pacific pulled within a run before Creighton RHP Andrew Urban got out of the inning.
Simms opened the Tiger fifth with a single up the middle and again stole second and took third on an errant throw. Torchio delivered an RBI single to right center to tie the game at 3-3 and chase Urban. Christopher dropped down a bunt single on the first pitch from LHP Mark Winkelman. After Drongesen singled to third to load the bases, Winkelman walked sophomore C Jason Taasass to give Pacific the lead.
In the sixth, redshirt 1B Erik Lockwood singled to right center and Simms followed with an RBI double to left center. Torchio then followed with an RBI double to right to plate Simms. After another Christopher sacrifice, Riley doubled to right for the third run of the inning. RHP Chase Webb was summoned from the Bluejay bullpen and caught a break when Drongesen ripped a line drive to third that was snared by Chance Ross.
The Tigers added two more in the eighth off RHP Mark Lukowich, as Christopher beat out a bunt single, Riley added an RBI double to center and Drongesen doubled down the left field line.
John Prato Matthews tossed the final two innings, allowing a hit and hitting a batter. He punched out two while lowering his ERA to 2.16.
Crawford (1-1) earned his first victory of the season, finishing with three earned allowed on five hits in seven innings of work with five strikeouts.
Simms (7-for-9) and Torchio (6-for-9) are a combined 13-for-18 in the series with five doubles and 10 runs batted in.
Pacific improves to 3-12 on the season and evens the three game set with Creighton (6-6) at a game apiece.
The rubber game is set for a 1 p.m. first pitch Sunday at Klein Family Field.