Baseball Falls To Loyola Marymount 7-5

Feb. 2, 2002


Santa Barbara, Calif. - After spotting Loyola Marymount a 6-2 lead, UCSB failed to come back from the defecit losing 7-5 at Caesar Uyesaka Stadium Saturday.

Josh Muecke (1-0) picked up his first win of the season, pitching six-plus innings, striking out six and yielding four runs. Matt Vasquez (0-1) takes the loss for the Gauchos, giving up six runs in four-plus innings or work while striking out five batters.

Two-three run innings by the Lions spelled doom for UCSB as the Lions took the series 2-1, thus dropping the Gauchos to 1-2.

Following a three-run second inning by Loyola Marymount, the Gauchos fought back with two runs in the fourth on a monster two-run homer by Matt Wilkerson after Ryan Spilborghs drew a walk.

But Vasquez, who struggled with his control all game could not hold back the Lions as they scored three more runs in the fifth, knocking him out of the game and extending the Lions lead to 6-2. On the day Vasquez walked five batters and gave up eight hits.

The Gauchos came right back in the bottom of the fifth, putting up two runs of their own on a single by Nate Sutton that scored Taylor Vogt and Josh Fulton, to trail 6-4.

In the eighth, Ryan Spilborghs clubbed a double off the wall in the right-center alley and then stole third base in a heads-up move when the third baseman forgot to call time while he talked to the pitcher on the mound. Two batters later, Josh McCanne scored Spilborghs on a deep fly to center, making the score 6-5 Loyola Marymount.

Loyola Marymount tacked on one more run in the ninth and Randy Waite wrapped up the ninth, holding the Gauchos scoreless with a 1-2-3 inning, to get the save for the Lions.

UCSB returns to action Monday February 4, in a 2:00 p.m. showdown with BYU.