Late Rally By Pacific Costs Baseball A 5-4 Loss
May 10, 2002
STOCKTON, Calif. - Joel Summers delivered a two-out, two strike double to bring home the tying and game winning runs in the bottom of the ninth inning, as Pacific (25-21-1, 6-10 BWC) scored four runs in the bottom of the ninth to rally and defeat UC Santa Barbara (17-30, 3-13 BWC), in Big West Conference action Friday afternoon at Billy Hebert Field.
The Gauchos had just made the game 4-1 after scoring an insurance run on Dave Licht's (Hunting Beach, Calif.) single to right that scored Taylor Vogt (Burlingame, Calif.). However in the ninth, two crucial errors and three Tiger hits would end up costing the Gauchos their first conference win in eight trys.
With runners on first and second after reaching base on back-to-back singles to start the bottom of the ninth, third baseman Nate Sutton (Santa Cruz, Calif.) was able to knock down a hard hit ball by Jeff Jodlowski and recovered in time to step on third get the force out. However, after stepping on the base, Sutton fired short to first base and Josh McCanne (Mammoth, Calif.) was unable to scoop the errant throw, allowing Jodlowski to reach base and the runner from first advancing to third, as the ball went into foul territory.
UCSB then missed their second opportunity to turn a double play-and end the game-when pinch hitter Cory Lake beat out a grounder to third when Sutton and second baseman Chris Malec (Laguna Niguel, Calif.) could not complete the third-to-second-to-first-double play in time, making it a 4-2 ball game.
The following batter, Nick Sekiya, then hit a grounder to third which Sutton threw away at second, allowing Lake to score from second, making it 4-3 Gauchos with runners on first and second with two outs. Summers then stepped up and drove the double to left center to bring home Doug Bouman and Sekiya.
The loss overshadowed a superb pitching performance by Thompson, who had held Pacific to three hits and eight strikeouts through eight innings. Only one-including none in the ninth-of Thompson's four runs were earned.
The Gauchos were led offensively by a pair of 2-for-4 performances by Blair Havens (Los Alamitos, Calif.) and Malec. Malec highlighted a three-run fourth inning by knocking in two on his 13th double of the season.
Pacific and UCSB will resume their series tomorrow, back at Billy Herbert field. First pitch is scheduled for 1:00 p.m.