Northridge Walks-Off Over Pacific in 11th Inning

Northridge Walks-Off Over Pacific in 11th Inning

Northridge, Calif. - Pacific scored six runs in the seventh and eighth inning, but Cal State Northridge walked off with an 8-7 win in 11 innings Sunday at Matador Field.

Six of the Matadors' eight runs in the contest were unearned, including four of five runs in the eighth inning which tied the game at 7-7. The Matadors' LF Cal Vogelsang hit a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the 11th for the winning run.

OF Gio Brusa went three-for-five with a triple and an RBI, while C J.P. Yakel added two hits, an RBI and reached base four times in five plate appearances.

RHP/DH Jason Taasaas started and went three-innings, allowing two unearned runs, while RHP Patrick Weigel tossed four shutout innings until the eighth.

The Matadors tallied an unearned run in the first when CF Nate Ring reached on error with two outs and came in to score on a doubly by 1B/RHP Josh Goossen-Brown. In the second, Northridge catcher Alex Mercado reached on a two-base error in the outfield and scored, unearned, on a sacrifice fly by 3B Nick Osuna.

The Tigers picked up a run in the third, as Yakel singled, moved to second on a sacrifice and senior SS Dustin Torchio delivered an RBI single to center.

Northridge led 2-1 until the seventh, when LF/2B Tyger Pederson, Brusa and CF Tyler Sullivan each singled with no one out to load the bases off Northridge reliever Harley Holt. Yakel pulled the ball through the hole on the left side for an RBI single to tie the game at 2-2.  SS Brett Sullivan put Pacific ahead as he grounded into a double-play, and PH/RF Taylor Murphy rapped an RBI single to right for a 4-2 Tigers' advantage.

In the top of the eighth, Pacific tallied three more off the Northridge bullpen. 1B Erik Lockwood singled to center and Brusa followed with a triple into the corner in right. After Tyler Sullivan walked and Yakel was hit by pitch, Brett Sullivan greeted RHP D.J. Milam with a two-run singled to left for a 7-2 Pacific lead.

Weigel started the bottom of the eighth, but hit Goossen-Brown with a pitch and surrendered a double to Chester Pak. Weigel struck out Mercado on a pitch in the dirt, but the throw to first struck the runner, bringing home a run and setting up first and third. Weigel departed and RHP Mike Hager got a fly ball for the first out, with Vogelsang scoring on the sacrifice fly. After a walk, Michael Livingston singled in a run to cut the Pacific lead to 7-5. SS Kyle Attl and Ring added RBI singles before the Tigers could get out of the inning.

LHP Travis Lumby tossed 2.1 innings of shutout relief, and Goossen-Brown took the hill to keep Pacific off the scoreboard as the game moved to the 11th inning.

RHP Kevin Hammann walked Ring and after a sacrifice bunt and a wild pitch moved Ring to third with one out, the Tigers' intentionally walked Mercado to load the bases. Vogelsang lifted a fly ball to right center for the game-winning sac fly.

Hammann took the loss to fall to 2-3, while Goossen-Brown improved to 2-2.

With the series sweep, Cal State Northridge moves to 25-18 overall, 11-4 in Big West play while the Tigers fall to 10-28 overall and 3-12 in BWC action.

Pacific will return home to face Cal on Tuesday at Klein Family Field in a 6 p.m. start.