Baseball Comes Up Short Against No. 21 UC Irvine

Baseball Comes Up Short Against No. 21 UC Irvine

Stockton, Calif. - Catcher Jason Taasaas drove in two and seven different Tigers posted hits, but No. 21 UC Irvine took game one of a three-game series 8-4 Friday at Klein Family Field.

1B Erik Lockwood and SS Dustin Torchio also posted RBI for Pacific, while 2B Tyger Pederson was one-for-three with a double.

The game started off as a pitcher's duel with Pacific LHP John Haberman retiring the first nine in a row and UC Irvine starter setting down the first six before Pederson's lead-off double in the third.

In the fourth inning, the Anteaters struck for five hits and four runs as 3B Taylor Sparks drove home two with a single though the hole at short and RF Scott Gottschling singled home two more runs.

SS Chris Rabago added an RBI single for UC Irvine in the fifth to make it a 5-1 game, and DH Jerry McClanahan doubled home C Ronnie Shaeffer for an unearned run in the sixth.

The Tigers cracked the scoreboard in the sixth as 3B J.J. Wagner, JJ singled up the middle and advanced to second on a sacrifice. Lockwood delivered a two-out single to right to cut the gap to 6-1.

But Irvine picked up two runs in the eighth, as Sparks doubled in a run and scored on a wild pitch.

Pacific mounted a late comeback with three in the eighth, as DH Taylor Murphy singled through the left side, CF Tyler Sullivan singled to right and RF Brett Sullivan walked to load the bases and chase Thurman.

LHP Elliot Surrey hit Torchio with a pitch for one run, and Taasaas singled up the middle to plate a pair of runs. RHP Sam Moore was summoned from the Anteater bullpen and coaxed an infield grounder to get out of the inning.

LHP Jimmy Litchfield tossed a one-two-three ninth for UC Irvine, which improves to 24-10 on the year and 6-4 in the Big West. Thurman moves to 4-3 on the season after throwing 7.2 innings with four earned runs allowed on six hits.

Haberman was saddled with the loss for Pacific (9-23, 2-8 BWC), falling to 1-4 on the year. He allowed six earned run in seven-plus innings of work, on eight hits while striking out four. RHP Kevin Hammann allowed one hit in the eighth, while RHP Bryce Lombardi tossed an inning of scoreless ball in the ninth.

Game two will start at 2 p.m. on Saturday at Klein Family Field.