Hummel, Bats Lead Pacific To 8-5 Win In Season Finale
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - Senior RHP Jake Hummel (Peoria, Ariz.) went the distance in his final start and the Tigers dropped a five-run fifth inning on UC Santa Barbara to take a 8-5 win Sunday in the season finale. Junior RF Allen Riley (Fresno, Calif.) added his fourth home run of the season to go with two RBI.
Sophomore third baseman Dustin Torchio (Santa Cruz, Calif.) posted his 26th multi-hit game of the season, going three-for-five with a double and an RBI to finish the year with a Big West leading .369 batting average.
Seniors Brian Martin (Livermore, Calif.) and Matt Carvutto (Poway, Calif.) turned in multi-hit games as well in their final games in a Pacific uniform. Carvutto went three-for-five with an RBI and a run scored, while Martin turned in two hits in five trips with an RBI and a run scored.
Hummel tossed his third complete game of the season to earn his fifth victory. He struck out seven, his third game of the year with seven or more punch-outs. The Gauchos picked up 14 hits, but the Tigers erased four runners on the basepaths as Hummel evened his record at 5-5 on the year and earned his 12th win in two seasons with the Tigers.
The Gauchos got on the board in the first inning, on a pair of singles and an RBI double from RF Mark Haddow.
The Tigers answered in the third as junior CF Brett Christopher (Livermore, Calif.) singled through the left side and stole second base. Torchio followed with an RBI single to right to tie the game. Carvutto then singled to center as Torchio came around to score to give Pacific a 2-1 lead off UCSB starter LHP Nick Capito.UCSB drew even in the third, as Hummel issued one of his two free passes in the game, and CF Ben Edelstein and Haddow posted back-to-back singles.
In the fifth, the Tigers picked up five consecutive hits with two out, as Carvutto hit a line drive to center field, followed by Martin's single to center. Junior DH Daniel Johnston (Portola Valley, Calif.) went the other way, lining a single over the first baseman's head into right field to plate Carvutto and Martin and put the Tigers on top 4-2. The next batter, sophomore 2B Tyger Pederson (Palo Alto, Calif.) pulled a double past first base and into the right field corner, as Johnston scored all the way from first for a 5-2 advantage. Riley took the first pitch of his at bat the other way, over the wall in right field for a two-run homer, capping the five-run frame.
Riley's fourth home run of the year tied him for the team lead in the long ball department with Martin and Johnston.
Hummel made the 7-2 lead stand up as he faced three batters in the fifth, and four in the sixth. In the seventh, the Gauchos pushed across two runs with no on out on three straight hits, including a two-run double by C Bryce Tafelski to cut the margin to 7-4.
The Tigers tacked on an insurance run in the ninth, as Torchio doubled for the 11th time this season, and his sixth game with three-plus hits this year, and came in to score on an RBI single from Carvutto, his 35 run batted in this season.
In the ninth, UCSB inched closer, as SS Steven doubled and after Hummel struck out LF Derek Eligio looking, Edlestein beat out a single deep in the hole at short on a close play at the bag to plate the run. But Hummel coaxed a groundout to polish off the 8-5 victory on his 130th pitch of the ballgame.
Pacific finishes the season at 17-37 overall, 9-15 in the Big West, while UC Santa Barbara ends at 26-26, 10-14 in the Big West.
Martin closes his Tiger career eighth on the Tigers' all-time batting average list at .337, second all time in hits with 239, fifth in RBI with 118 and doubles with 42, sixth in total bases at 308 and 12th in runs scored with 108. Carvutto ranks 10th on the Tigers batting average list at .329. His 19 doubles this season led the Big West and were the fifth most in a season in Pacific history.