San Jose, Calif. – Pacific Baseball dropped a nonconference decision to the San Jose State Spartans on Saturday, February 16 at Municipal Stadium. The Tigers fell by the score of 10-0, but had two runs pulled off the board.
Pacific was led by Erik Lockwood with a 3-3 afternoon at the plate. The Broomfield, Colorado native is now 5-8 in the young season with a double and six total bases.
The loss drops Pacific to 0-2, while the victory improves San Jose State to 2-0. The winning pitcher was the Spartans' starter David Wayne Russo (1-0), while John Haberman (0-1) picked up the loss for Pacific.
The Orange and Black seemed to score first, with runners on the corners, freshman Gio Brusa sent a hard shot to shortstop for a 6-4 putout allowing Lockwood to score from third base. However, the umpire ruled Jacob Goulder out on an interference call and the play was determined an inning ending double play.
San Jose State would be the first official team to score in the contest, plating two in the third, and a run in the fourth against the Pacific starter Haberman.
Haberman threw five innings, allowing six hits, five runs (four earned), with a walk and four strikeouts.
The Spartans did most of their damage in a six run bottom of the sixth effort. San Jose State racked up four hits and reached base on two Pacific errors in the inning. Despite the six run sixth, Jason Taasaas got his first action on the hill, allowing no runs and just two hits to shut down the inning.
After another run in the seventh, both teams would go scoreless the rest of the way. However, the 10-0 deficit would not shake the Tigers as they kept battling in the ninth inning.
In the final frame, Connor Bitzer led off with an infield single and advanced to second on the shortstop's throwing error. Then, sophomore Dallas Correa sent a lined shot into left field leaving Pacific with runners on the corners. Robby Mansfield then came in to pinch hit and sent a fly ball to centerfield that was caught as Bitzer tagged to score easily on the play. Just a few seconds later, the run was pulled off the board after it was decided Bitzer left early from third base.
The Tigers welcome San Jose State tomorrow for the final game of the series in Pacific's home opener at Klein Family Field. The first pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m. and as always at Klein Family Field on Sundays, the Tigers will be honoring the United States military in 2013's first Support the Troops game.