MORAGA, Calif. - Five Saint Mary's pitchers held UC Santa Barbara to just four hits as the Gauchos' four-game winning streak came to an end with a 2-1 loss on Monday at Louis Guisto Field.
While UCSB managed just four hits on the afternoon - two by Brett Vertigan - the Gauchos did draw eight walks on the afternoon and threatened with runners in scoring position in five separate innings, but never got the big hit.
The Gaels (19-19 overall) scored both of its runs in the fifth inning on Patrick Wisdom's solo home run - his fifth of the year - and a run-scoring triple by Ricky Boas against Greg Mahle.
Mahle (1-3) went six strong innings but had to take the loss despite allowing just those two runs on five hits. The freshman left-hander struck out six.
The Gauchos (21-18) were seeking to win for the fifth straight time, which they haven't done since the 2010 season. They'll get a chance to start a new streak this Friday when they host UC Davis for three games. Friday's game starts at 3 p.m. with Saturday and Sunday each at 1 p.m. Tickets are available by calling 893-UCSB or online by clicking here.
All Gaucho baseball games can be heard live online - just click here - and all Big West games are broadcast live on AM 1290 in Santa Barbara.