March 24, 2012

Benson Tames Bears With Complete Game Shutout


Stockton, Calif. - The Pacific Tigers took game one of a double-header from Brown Saturday, 10-0, behind a complete game shutout from freshman RHP Michael Benson and a 17-hit barrage on offense.

Sophomore 2B Curtis Gomez went four-for-five, while redshirt freshman 1B Erik Lockwood added three hits and two runs batted in. Junior DH Tyger Pederson drove in two with two hits, as did sophomore C Riley Drongesen.

Benson scattered six hits and struck out a season-high six, while walking none for his second win of the season.  He threw 95 pitches as he faced four over the minimum, aided by two double plays and a caught stealing.

With the win, he improves to 2-3 on the season while lowering his ERA to 3.37.

The Tigers posted a three-run third as Pederson and Gomez led off with back-to-back singles. Drongesen followed with a two-run triple and came in to score on a sacrifice fly from senior RF Allen Riley.

Pacific tacked on a run in the fourth, as senior SS Josh Simms singled, stole second and came around on an RBI single from Pederson.

Drongesen and Riley opened the fifth with singles to right field, and after a sacrifice bunt, Lockwood brought home Drongesen with a sacrifice fly to make it a 5-0 ballgame.

Brown's Taylor Wright (0-1) lasted five innings, allowing five earned on 11 hits.

The Tigers blew the game open in the seventh, sending 10 men to the plate. Riley doubled with one out, and after freshman LF Taylor Murphy was hit by pitch, RHP Will Lacker replaced RHP David St. Lawrence for the Bears. Lockwood singled in a run, and after freshman CF Tyler Sullivan singled to load the bases, Lacker walked in a run with Simms at the plate. Pederson lined out to center for a sacrifice fly, and Gomez followed with a single up the middle for an 8-0 lead, with the throw on to first in the dirt allowing Sullivan to score. Junior 3B Dustin Torchio added an RBI single to cap the five-run inning.

Benson, who did not allow a runner to make it as far as second base all game, retired eight of the last nine he faced.