WKU baseball loses to previously winless Pacific, 4-1

Herald Staff

WKU’s fast start to the 2011 season hit another speed bump Sunday morning.

The Toppers (5-2) fell into an early hole against Pacific at the Baseball in the Beach Tournament, eventually falling 4-1 in Myrtle Beach, S.C.

The loss was WKU’s second in a row after winning its first five. The Toppers also lost to No. 17 Coastal Carolina on Saturday.

The win was the first of the season for Pacific (1-5).

Pacific jumped on the board first with a two-run home run by third baseman Daniel Johnston in the second inning. Allen Riley then hit a two-run single in the sixth to give the Tigers a 4-0 lead.

WKU sophomore pitcher Taylor Haydel (1-1) allowed all four runs, giving up seven hits in 5 and 2/3 innings. He struck out six.

Relievers Phil Wetherell and Rye Davis held the Tigers hitless over the last 2 and 1/3 innings.

But WKU was only able to produce one run during that time, when junior left fielder Jared Andreoli drove in junior shortstop Logan Robbins with a single in the seventh inning.

The Toppers had eight hits in the game, including two each from junior second baseman Ivan Hartle and freshman third baseman Scott Wilcox.

Pacific pitcher Jake Hummell pitched a complete game, striking out two.

WKU travels to No. 3 Vanderbilt at 3 p.m. Tuesday. The Herald will be live in Nashville for the game and will be operating a live blog available on wkuherald.com.