STOCKTON, Calif. - Preston Moebius delivered a two-run walk-off hit in the bottom of the ninth as the Pacific baseball team outlasted Fresno State, 12-11, in a wild affair Wednesday night at Klein Family Field.
Matthew Tarantino homered in the bottom of the eighth, but Fresno took an 11-10 lead in the top of the ninth before Pacific put two on in the bottom half as Moebius drove the 371st pitch thrown on the night to the gap in left center to plate two runs and give the Tigers the victory.
James Free II homered and drove in four, while Tarantino finished 2-for-2 with three walks, three runs scored and two RBI. Moebius drove in three with his 3-of-5 night.
The Tigers used seven pitchers, with the win going to Vince Arobio, who improved to 3-2.
Pacific led 9-8 headed into the eighth inning, only to see the Bulldogs rally to tie before the Tigers took a 10-9 lead headed into the ninth. Each team scored two runs in their half of the ninth.
Fresno State picked up a run in the first on a single from Aaron Arruda and a double to right center from Jake Stone.
In the third, Moebius and Kevin Sandri singled to open the bottom of the third. Tarantino doubled off the left field wall to plate one run, and Free followed with a three-run blast over the left field wall for a 4-1 lead. After Lucas Halstead reached on an error and took second on a wild pitch, Joey Riherd delivered an RBI single up the middle to make it 5-1.
The Bulldogs answered back with three hits and a hit-by-pitch in the fourth to score one and load the bases. After a two-run seeing-eye single, the Tigers couldn't turn two on a come backer and ended up getting no outs on the play as a run scored. After a single up the middle and a hit by pitch, the Bulldogs took a 7-5 lead on a sacrifice fly before Miles Haddad finally put a close to the inning.
Tarantino singled in the fourth and scored on a double from Free to close within 7-6.
In the fifth, Joey Riherd and Keaton Glover walked with one one, and Moebius singled to left field to tie the game. Sandri followed with an RBI single to center to give Pacific an 8-7 lead.
The Tigers stretched the lead to 9-7 in the sixth as Halstead singled and Ryan Schalch doubled to right center. After a groundout, Schalch tried to score on a flyout, but was cut down at the plate to end the inning.
Fresno State picked up a run in the seventh. After singles by Carter Bins and Austin Guibor, Vince Arobio entered and knocked down a smash hit back up the middle with one out, but Bins scored before Arobio struck out the next batter to end the frame.
The Bulldogs stole a run with two outs in the eighth, as Jesse Medrano and Jared Akins singled to set up first and third. Akins broke for second and the Tigers threw down, with Tarantino apparently gunning down Medrano at the plate, but Medrano was ruled safe, tying the game at 9-9.
Tarantino led off the bottom of the eighth with a solo shot over the left field wall off Fresno State's Fred Schlichtholz.
But in the top of the ninth, the Bulldogs picked up two hits through the infield and a two-run double from Ashford for an 11-10 lead.
In the bottom of the ninth, Mayer singled up the middle, and after a sacrifice bunt, pinch hitter Blake Barry was hit by pitch. Moebius drove the 1-0 pitch from Dominic Topoozian to the right center field gap, with Barry scoring the winning run on the heels of Mayer. The Tigers erupted from the dugout and chanced Moebius into the outfield celebrating
Pacific improves to 11-8 against non-conference competition and 13-21 overall. Fresno State falls to 18-18 on the year.
The Tigers will visit Saint Mary's for a three-game series opening Friday at 3 p.m.