STOCKTON, Calif. - Less than one week after throwing a no-hitter,
D.J. Houlton tossed a complete game to lead the University of the
Pacific to a 6-2 victory over Sacramento State Thursday afternoon at
Billy Hebert Field.
The win improved the Tigers to 24-29 overall and 4-12 in the Big West
Conference. It also moved UOP one game ahead of the Hornets (23-34,
3-13) for the cellar in the conference standings.
Pacific staked an early lead, scoring three runs on three hits and a
hit batter. The three-run advantage was plenty for Houlton who
allowed just two runs and eight hits in nine innings of work. Houlton
also struck out seven while allowing no walks.
Sacramento State made the score 3-1 in the fourth inning when Joe
Evans singled down the left field line scoring Bobby Ciani from
second. The comeback, however, was short-lived as UOP scored twice in
the fifth taking advantage of a pair of Hornet errors. Sacramento
State's other run came in the sixth inning on a sacrifice fly by Joe
Evans which plated Aurelio Jackson.
The Tiger offense was led by Joel Summer, Richard Hackett, Chris
Moreno and Octavio Amezquita who each had a pair of hits. Ciani,
Carlos Morales and Evans were the only Sacramento State players with
multiple hits. Jackson doubled in the sixth inning and has now
reached safely in 56 of the team's 57 games.
The series will continue on Friday night. First pitch is scheduled
for 7 p.m. The team's will then take Saturday off before concluding
the season on Sunday at 1 p.m.
|Sacramento State (23-34, 3-13)||000 101 000||-||2||8||2|
|Pacific (24-29, 4-12)||300020 10X||-||6||11||2|
WP - D.J. Houlton (9-5)
LP - Mike Miranda (8-6)
Mike Miranda and Dave Lusk; D.J. Houlton and Michael Fitzgerald.
TOP HITTERS: SAC - Joe Evans 2x3, Bobby Ciani 2x4, Carlos Morales
2x4; UOP - Octavio Amezquita 2x4, 2B, Chris Moreno 2x4, Richard
Hackett 2x4, Joel Summers 2x5, 3B, Jason Walker 2B.