April 14, 2006
STOCKTON, Calif. -
Five early runs helped the Pacific baseball team blaze past the UC Santa Barbara Gauchos, 7-2, on Thursday, Apr. 13. The victory evened Pacific's Big West Conference record at 2-2 and lifted the Tigers to 20-12 on the season. The Gauchos, meanwhile, fell to 14-16 overall and 1-3 in conference.
Pacific got on top in the bottom of the first inning with three runs on four hits. Sophomore Adam Ching (Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif.) reached on an infield single to begin the inning. One out later, senior Matt Berezay (Manteca, Calif.) drove Ching in on a double to left-center. With two outs in the inning, senior John Devany (Danville, Calif.) doubled Berezay home with a shot to right-center. Devany took third on a pass ball, then scored on a single through the right side by freshman Alex Zanini (Stockton, Calif.).
The Tigers added two more runs in the bottom of the second as the Tigers banged out three hits to start the inning. Senior Bob Saunders (Oakland, Calif.) led off the inning with a single through right side. Ching followed with a double down the left field line to put runners at second and third with no outs. The next batter, senior Anthony Jackson (Modesto, Calif.), delivered a two-run single up the middle to make it a 5-0 contest.
A lead off single by Saunders in the fourth inning led to another run as Ching sacrificed Saunders to second, then with two outs, Berezay singled to right to plate Saunders.
Pacific's final run of the evening came in the fifth inning as Devany reached on an error, stole second, then scored on an RBI single from sophomore Brett Manning (Boulder, Colo.).
Staked to a 7-0 cushion, Pacific starter, senior Luke Massetti (Modesto, Calif.) allowed just two runs on eight hits and one walk in 7.1 innings.
The only real trouble the Tigers faced came in the seventh as with a run already in, Massetti loaded the bases with one out. Head coach Ed Sprague brought in left-hander, junior Curtis Pasma (Madera, Calif.), who promptly ended the Gauchos' threat with back-to-back strikeouts.
Saunders led the Pacific offense with three hits and two runs scored, while Berezay was 2-for-4 with two RBI.
Junior Brian Lee picked up his team-leading sixth home run when he blasted a pitch over the wall in the seventh.
Massetti (5-3) picked up the win, while UCSB's Andy Graham (3-4) suffered the loss, allowing seven runs (five earned) on 11 hits and a walk in six innings.
The Tigers and Gauchos will continue their three game series on Friday, Apr. 14. Game two of the series is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. in Stockton Ballpark. Fans are invited to listen along to the online radio coverage of the game courtesy of Pacific's Mike Millerick that can be accessed by clicking on the "listen" link on the schedule.