Stockton, Calif. - Opening their home schedule midweek on Wednesday, Feb. 19, the Pacific baseball team put together a masterful pitching performance en route to a 2-1 win over San Jose State at Klein Family Field. The Tigers' win was their second of the year as they moved to 2-3 overall while the Spartans fell to 1-4.
Behind a stellar effort out of their pen and the red hot stick of sophomore Brett Sullivan, the Tigers cruised to the win against one of their longest standing rivals. On the night, the win went to senior Kyle Crawford (1-0) as they elder lefty kept the Spartans off balance throughout the night, giving up just one hit in five innings pitched while striking out three. Offensively, Sullivan remained the Tigers' most dangerous hitter as he went 2-for-3 while driving in both runs on the night.
Sullivan struck for the first time in the bottom of the first inning when he laced a single back up the middle to bring home his older brother, junior Tyler Sullivan, from second. T. Sullivan had started the Tigers' trip to the plate off with a leadoff walk and moved to second on the sacrifice by freshman Vince Arobio. The run for Pacific was big after the Spartans dented the plate in the top half of the inning against Tiger starter, senior John Haberman.
Tied at 1-1, the Tigers came up with what would be the game-winning run in the bottom of the third inning as the top of the lineup duplicated their first inning efforts. Again, B. Sullivan delivered the RBI single for the Tigers with T. Sullivan standing on second after singling and advancing to second on an Arobio sacrifice bunt.
With the top of the order delivering a pair of runs, the Tigers' pitching staff made them count as they kept the Spartans off the bases and off of the scoreboard. Overall, five pitchers threw during the midweek contest with Haberman slated to pitch just one inning prior to his weekend start. Four different pitchers threw a single inning on the night around Crawford's five-inning relief gem with junior Michael Benson closing things out for his first save of the season and second of his career. In total, the pitching staff allowed just four hits and walked two while striking out eight.
The game for the Tigers was the first of nine over the next 11 days as Pacific begins a four-game homestand on Friday, Feb. 21 against Alabama State at 6:00 pm. The teams will play two on Saturday before finishing the series with a single game on Sunday, Feb. 23.