Lockwood's Walk-Off Lifts Pacific Over No. 2 Arkansas
Surprise, Ariz. – Erik Lockwood's walk-off single capped a three-run bottom of the ninth, which propelled Pacific to a 4-3 victory over No. 2 Arkansas on Sunday, March 3. The Tigers trailed 3-1 heading into their last at-bats and scored all three runs with two outs.
The Tigers improved to 4-6, while Arkansas dropped to 7-5. Picking up the victory and improving to 1-0 for Pacific was Kevin Hammann and picking up the loss for Arkansas was Brandon Moore (0-1).
On the bump, Pacific starter Michael Benson threw eight strong innings, allowing eight hits, two runs and he struck out three Arkansas hitters.
The Orange and Black answered Arkanas' run in the first on a Dustin Torchio groundball to second base. Brett Sullivan led off the bottom half with a double down the left field line, and he advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt by J.J. Wagner before being plated by Torchio.
Arkansas took the lead in the sixth with a sacrifice fly and again plated another runner in the top half of the ninth leaving the score at 3-1.
However, Pacific was not rattled and continued to battle in the bottom half of the ninth. Taasaas got things started with a one-out single through the right side, and he advanced to second on Tyler Sullivan's infield single. Then, with two-outs after a strikeout, Brett Sullivan came to the plate and roped a single to right field, plating Taasaas to put the score at 3-2.
With runners on the corners, Wagner sent a groundball to the shortstop that was booted allowing Tyler Sullivan to tie the ballgame. After Dustin Torchio was hit by a pitch to load the bases it set the stage for Erik Lockwood. The redshirt sophomore worked the count full after fouling off three pitches. Then, Lockwood sent the fastball back up the middle for the walk-off winner, scoring Brett Sullivan.