Pacific Wins First Series Versus Titans in 14-10 Slugfest
April 18, 2009
Fullerton, Calif. - Pacific followed a four-run sixth inning with a seven-run eighth to upend No. 6 Cal State Fullerton for the second consecutive night by a score of 14-10 Saturday night at Goodwin Field. Josh Simms and Mike Walker drove home a team-leading three RBI while four other Tigers finished with two apiece in the upset.
With the win, Pacific notches its first series win in the history of the two teams meeting at the Div. I level, and improved to 15-18 overall and 7-5 in Big West Conference play. The Tigers' 14 runs were the most runs ever scored in a game against The Titans, breaking the old mark of 11 set back in 1996. The Titans drop to 23-11, 5-6. This was the Titans third series loss of the year, and second in league action.
Larry Holscher (2-2) earned the win finishing up for Pacific starter Hunter Carnevale who went 5.2 innings, allowing 6 runs, four earned, while striking out and walking four. Holscher went 3.1 innings and was tagged for four runs on five hits over his last two innings of work.
An RBI-double by Simms, a two-run single by Ben Gorang and a run-scoring single by Nick Longmire got the Tigers within a run at 6-5 in the sixth, but back-two-back extra base hits by Joey Centanni and J.B. Brown tied the game at 6-6 to open the seventh inning.
Both Centanni and Brown came around to score in the seventh inning that saw seven Tigers cross the plate on six hits, two walks and a hit batter, leaving Titan starter Tyler Pill (6-1) on the hook for the loss. The Tigers sent 11 men to the plate in the frame with Centanni connecting for a triple and a double (2 RBI) in his two at bats, and Kurt Wideman adding a two-run triple of his own.
Fullerton used four pitchers after Pill's departure, with Freshman Colin O'Connell the only pitcher in the game Friday night to emerge unscathed. O'Connell, making just his second appearance of the year, tossed 1.2 scoreless and hitless innings in relief of Travis Kelly, Kevin Rath, and Ryan Aclkland.
For the second night in a row, the Titans seemed in control for the first five innings jumping out to a 4-1 lead. The Titans scored three times in the third inning. Gary Brown led off the inning with a double to left and was sacrificed to third on a Christian Colon bunt. Carnevale fielded the bunt but threw it wide of first allowing Brown to score and Colon to advance to second. After Jared Clark was hit by a pitch, one of seven hit batters on the night credited to the Pacific pitching staff, Matthew Fahey singled to score Colon, and move Clark to third. Clark then scored on a Khris Davis sacrifice fly.
Pacific briefly took a 5-4 lead after their four-run outburst in the sixth, but the Titans rallied back for two more runs in the sixth to chase Carnevale. Colon led off the inning sending a bullet back at Carnevale. The right-hander slowed it down with his body, and recovered to get a throw off, but his throw went high and rattled around in the dugout. It went as a hit and an error, and Colon ended up on second base. Consecutive groundouts to second produced the first run. Fahey, who walked was Carnevale's last batter, and Davis greeted Holscher with a double into the left field corner to give the Titans the lead albeit, a brief one.
After the seven-run outburst in the seventh, Pacific tacked on two more in the eighth, courtesy of a two-run triple by Simms. The centerfielder missed hitting for the cycle by a home run.
The Titans put up a pair of runs in both the eighth and ninth innings, but the eight-run deficit was too much. Billy Marcoe's double drove home two in the eighth, and Jared Clark belted a two-run home run with two out in the ninth. It was Clark's seventh home run of the year, and his team-leading 46th and 47 RBI of the year.
The Titans, who scored 10 runs on 11 hits, left 13 runners on base on Friday night, while the Tigers tallied 18 hits in the win.
The final game of the three-game set will begin at 1 p.m. on Sunday at Goodwin Field.