Wolf Pack Wins Series, But Drops Final Game To Pacific, 11-2
Feb. 6, 2005
STOCKTON, Calif.- The Pacific Tigers baseball team won the final game of a three game series against Nevada, defeating the Wolf Pack 11-2 on Sunday, Feb. 6. The win moved the Tigers to 2-2 on the season, while Nevada fell to 2-1 overall.
After falling behind 2-0 in the first two innings, the Tigers changed the game with defense as with Nevada runners at the corners with one out the Tigers cut down the Wolf Pack's potential third run at the plate on a squeeze play. Pacific junior Luke Massetti (Modesto JC) bounced off the mound as Nevada's Robert Marcial bunted the ball down the third base line. Massetti grabbed the ball with his glove, flipped it to senior catcher Brandon Gottier (Bellingham, Wash.), who blocked the plate and tagged out Nevada's Terrance Walsh. Pacific got out of the inning without allowing another run, turning the momentum to the Tigers.
In the Tigers' half of the second, freshman Justin Baum (La Mesa, Calif.) led off with a double to deep left-center field. Gottier followed with a single down the right field line, scoring Baum. Senior Jordan Seiber (Seatac, Wash.) followed with a single to left field, putting runners at the corners. Seniors Jesse Kovacs (Carmel, Calif.) then came through with the game-tying single. After a sacrifice put runners at second and third, Pacific took the lead on an RBI-single from junior Anthony Jackson (Modesto, Calif.). Pacific went on to plate seven runs in the inning, capped by a two-run single from Gottier.
With the lead, Massetti worked his way out of a bases-loaded jam in the third, then retired nine of the final 10 batters he faced. Massetti (2-0) allowed just the two early runs on eight hits in six innings of work to collect the win.
In the seventh, Pacific got another highlight as senior Alex Graham (Fair Oaks, Calif.) returned to the mound for the first time since midway through the 2004 season. Graham was medically cleared to play earlier this week and pitched a perfect seventh inning.
Gottier and Baum highlighted the offensive attack for Pacific as the duo were a combined 5-for-10 with three RBI and three runs scored.
For Nevada, Ryan Rodriguez took the loss as he allowed six runs on six hits in 1.2 innings.
The Tigers will be back in action on Wednesday, Feb. 9 as the Tigers host British Columbia in an exhibition game in Billy Hebert Field at 6 p.m.