Aaron Harper finished 2-for-4 with two RBI, including the game-winner, as Pacific outlasted the Sacramento State baseball team, 5-4, Friday afternoon at Billy Hebert Field. Sacramento State fell to 14-14 on the year while the Tigers improved their record to 19-10.
The Hornets jumped out in front in the bottom of the first with back-to-back home runs as junior Mikela Olsen started the scoring with a two run blast to left center, then junior Jesse Schmidt followed with another shot over the left-center field wall.
In the Tigers half of the first, Evan led off with a walk, then stole second. Evan Bishop scored the first Pacific run on a double to center from Josh Snook. One out later, Harper made it a 3-2 game as he plated Snook with a single to left center. Cory Lake would follow with a walk to put runners at first and second, then Jesse Kovacs hit a shot to second that was mishandled, allowing Harper to tie the game at 3-3.
The Tigers took the lead in the fourth when Bishop hit an RBI double to bring in Amezquita and make it a 4-3 ballgame.
Pacific increased its lead in the fifth as Chase Headley led off with a triple to right center, then scampered home on a single by Harper.
In the seventh Sacramento State got three consecutive singles to pull within one run, but Pena induced a double play from Olsen to end the threat.
Matthew Pena (6-3) earned the win after allowing four runs on seven hits while striking out five and walking three in seven innings of work. Andy Willick tossed a hitless ninth to record his fourth save of the year.
Junior Renecke Stelzriede (2-2) was tagged with the loss after giving up five runs (four earned) on seven hits while recording six strikeouts and walking three in five innings.
Sophomore Everet Rincon and senior Tim Reimer each recorded two hits to contribute to the Hornet offense.
Sacramento State will host Pacific on Saturday, March 29, at 1 p.m. at Hornet Field. The two team will conclude their three-game series on Sunday, March 30, at 1 p.m. at Bi