San Jose, Calif. – Despite eight hits from its first four batters, the Pacific baseball team dropped a 6-4 season opening decision to San Jose State on Friday, February 15.
Kyle Hassna picked up the victory to improve himself and San Jose State to 1-0, while Travis Lumby dropped to 0-1 along with Pacific.
The Tigers wasted no time offensively as they plated Tyler Sullivan and Brett Sullivan for the seasons' first two runs in the top half of the opening inning. Both Tyler and Brett Sullivan reached on ropes to left and right field, respectively. Tyler Sullivan came around to score after Erik Lockwood sent a RBI-double down the left field line. After the double, with Brett Sullivan now standing on third, Taylor Murphy came to the plate and executed a groundball to the ride side, picking up his first RBI of the season. However, San Jose State would answer with a run of its own in the bottom half of the inning.
Pacific was back on the attack in the third inning after Tyler Sullivan's second hit of the afternoon with a line drive to right field. After stealing second, Sullivan plated his second run of the game on a Dustin Torchio double to left center.
Still in the third, Torchio advanced to third base on a wild pitch by San Jose State's starter Johnny Melero and scored after Jason Taasaas reached base on an infield single.
The game went scoreless until the Spartans rallied for three runs in the fifth inning to tie the ballgame. The Spartans picked up two hits, but were aided by a pair of errors and a wild pitch from Pacific.
Despite picking up the loss, Lumby kept Pacific in the ballgame in the sixth inning. After coming in relief of Kevin Hammann, the lefthander faced the bases loaded and no one out. Lumby first got the Spartans No. 3 batter Tim Quiery to fly out to shallow leftfield. Then, dueled with San Jose State's cleanup hitter, Nick Schulz, Lumby got the batter to ground in to a 6-4-3 double play. The double play required a backhanded stab by Torchio at short, a quick turn and throw from Curtis Gomez to a fully stretched Lockwood at first base.
However, San Jose State took the lead in the seventh inning with a two-out double by Richie Johnson. The Spartans would tack on another run in the eighth, but the Tigers would not go away easy, as Torchio fought off a two-strike count to pick up his third hit of the ballgame. Then, Hassna closed out the game on a fielder's choice.
The Tigers and Spartans will do it all again tomorrow, February 16 at Municipal Stadium in San Jose at 1 p.m.