April 11, 2012

Pacific Falls To No. 6 Stanford

Palo Alto, Calif. - Curtis Gomez ripped a two-run double and Erik Lockwood continued his torrid pace at the plate, but No. 6 Stanford came away with an 8-3 win over the Pacific baseball team Wednesday at Sunken Diamond.

Lockwood, the Tigers' redshirt freshman first baseman picked up two more hits, while senior RF Allen Riley went two-for-four with a run scored.

Stanford tallied eight runs off of seven Pacific pitchers, totaling 12 hits to improve to 21-7 overall.

After a 1-2-3 first by Pacific starter RHP Bryce Lombardi, the Cardinal manufactured a run in the second. Junior 3B Dustin Torchio robbed 1B Brian Ragira of a double, gloving a smash down the line with a diving stop to his right, but Ragira was safely aboard with a single. After a single by DH Eric Smith, CF Jake Stewart lined out to left, but plenty deep to score Ragira via a sacrifice fly

Lombardi (0-1), scheduled for a short stint, departed after two innings with two hits allowed.

In the third, RHP Kyle Shaver got the first out, but hit LF Tyler Gaffney with a pitch. 3B Stephen Piscotty doubled him home and came in to score on a Ragira single to make it 3-0.

Pacific answered in the fourth, as Lockwood was hit by pitch and Riley singled to third. Freshman LF Taylor Murphy's hot shot up the middle was gloved by Stanford starting LHP Garrett Hughes, but as Hughes wheeled towards second to go for the double play, his throw sailed into centerfield, allowing Lockwood to score.  Hughes battled back to retire the next two batters and carry a 3-1 lead into the bottom of the fourth.

The Cardinal answered right back in the fourth off RHP Chris Larsen, as Smith singled to right field and 2B Kenny Diekroeger doubled to left. SS Lonnie Kauppila pulled a double down the left field line to plate two runs before Gaffney singled in another run to make it a 6-1 ballgame.

In the Stanford fifth, Diekroeger hit a solo home run to left field off LHP Paul Moeller, the only hit Moeller allowed in his inning of work.

Hughes departed after five innings, allowing one unearned run on his own throwing error, and four Pacific hits.

The Tigers tallied two in the sixth off RHP Sam Lindquist. Lockwood opened the inning with a single up the middle, and Riley pulled a ball through the right side to get aboard. Gomez, the Tigers' sophomore 2B, ripped his eighth double of the year into the left field corner to bring home both runs and cut the Tiger deficit to 7-3.

But Stanford tacked on another in the seventh off RHP Jared Wagner. After RF Austin Wilson reached via walk, Torchio made a diving grab on a line drive to rob Piscotty. But Torchio's throw to second trying to double off Wilson went into right field, allowing Wilson to take third. Wilson trotted home after a pitch in the dirtier the game's final run.

RHP Elliott Byers and Sean Linney pitched shutout innings out of the Stanford bullpen to finish it up, while senior RHPs Thomas Berolzheimer (sixth) and John Prato Matthews (eighth) also posted shutout innings for Pacific.

Tigers senior SS Josh Simms singled in three trips and worked a 10-pitch walk off Linney. Lockwood finished the day two-for-three with two runs scored and is now 25 for his last 58 (.431) over the last 15 games.

Pacific is back in action on Friday, when the Tigers open a three-game Big West series at UC Davis at 2:30 p.m.