Pacific Homestand Continues Tuesday Against USF
Stockton, Calif. - The Pacific baseball team welcomes San Francisco to Klein Family Field for a mid-week, non-conference matchup against the Dons at 6 p.m.
The Tigers will be facing a West Coast Conference team for the first time since announcing their upcoming move to the WCC for the 2013-14 school year. The Tigers are 218-200 (.522) all-time vs WCC opponents.
Pacific will send senior RHP Jared Wagner to the mound for the start, his first start of the season. It will be the third career start for Wagner. Last season, he went four innings against Southern Cal in his longest appearance of the year. He has made 10 appearances out of the Tigers' bullpen this year. His longest outing was a 3.1 inning stint in relief against Sacramento State on March 20. On the year, Wagner has a 0-1 record and a 6.00 ERA in 15 innings.
The Dons (23-28 overall) will counter with junior RHP Andrew Pulido. Pulido has a 1-2 record in 14 appearances, 11 out of the USF bullpen. He will be making his fourth start of the season. On the year, he has a 5.71 ERA in 17.1 innings with 15 strikeouts against four walks.
The Tigers (11-34 overall) are amid an eight-game home stand with four games remaining after Tuesday's contest. Pacific has been piecing together an infield lineup with injuries to a number of starters. Catcher Jason Taasaas and 1B Erik Lockwood were each forced out of Friday's game against No. 8 Cal State Fullerton when each was involved in a collision with Fullerton baserunners.
Lockwood, a red-shirt freshman, is second in the NCAA in batting average among first-year letterwinners and second in the Big West among all hitters with a .369 average. He's making a bid to be the second Pacific player to win the Big West batting title in as many years, after junior Dustin Torchio won it (with a .369 average) last season. Torchio is hitting .299 this season.
Senior OF/1B Daniel Johnston did his best to pick up the offensive slack with the injuries mounting. Johnston hit his first home run of the season and went 3-for-10 in three games against Fullerton. He drove in the game-tying run on Friday in a game the Titans eventually won, 5-2, and homered in Saturday's game two.
Senior RF Allen Riley clubbed his fifth home run of the season Saturday, giving him nine for his career. Sophomore 2B Curtis Gomez ranks ninth in the Big West with 11 doubles, despite ranking 49th in the conference in at bats. He was ranked in the NCAA's doubles per game category, but fell below the minimum qualifying standards for plate appearances this week.
Following Tuesday's contest, the Tigers will host UC Riverside in a three-game home series beginning Friday.