No. 17 UC Irvine Drops See-Saw Battle at Pacific
April 16, 2011
STOCKTON, Calif. --- In a game that saw four lead changes, Pacific came out on top, tying the series at a game apiece with a 6-4 win over UC Irvine Saturday at Klein Family Field. The win drops the Anteaters to 22-9 overall and 5-3 in the Big West while Pacific 11-20 overall and 3-5 in league play.
D.J. Crumlich, Brian Hernandez and Drew Hillman each had two hits apiece to lead the offense. Starter Andrew Thurman lasted 4.1 innings, giving up four runs (three earned) on six hits while striking out three but did not figure in the decision. Nick Hoover took the loss, dropping to 2-2 after giving up the go-ahead runs in the fifth.
The Tigers responded in the bottom of the third, capitalizing on a UCI error. Josh Simms took first on a fielding error to lead off the inning and Dustin Torchio hit a one-out double past the first-base bag to score Simms from second. Matt Carvutto followed with a sharp single up the middle to give Pacific a 2-1 lead.
In the UCI third, Crumlich, swinging at a pitch out of the zone to protect Jordan Leyland on a hit-and-run, poked a 1-0 offering to right that eluded a diving Allen Riley and fell for an RBI double to knot the score at 2-2. Crumlich scored easily on a two-out single by Hernandez for a 3-2 UCI lead.
Pacific struck back in the fifth on a two-RBI double by Brian Martin, giving the Tigers a 4-3 edge but Hillman tied the score again for UCI in the sixth. With two outs, the outfielder singled, stole second and then scored as catcher Jason Taasaas' throw kicked into short left-centerfield.
The Tigers reclaimed the lead in the bottom of the seventh, putting runners on first and second with one out. Martin smacked a two-run single to left-centerfield, scoring Tyger Pederson and Carvutto for the 6-4 lead.
The Anteaters put runners on first and second with two outs in the ninth but Tiger reliever Chris Larsen induced a fly-ball to center to record his third save.
Starter Marcus Pointer collected his second win (2-5) after pitching seven innings and striking out three while giving up four runs (three earned) on nine hits. Larsen pitched two innings of one-hit baseball.