Feb. 8, 2002
Despite putting up five runs in the fourth, the UCSB baseball team (2-3) could not come back to defeat Santa Clara (3-1), losing 12-6, this Friday afternoon at Buck Shaw Stadium in Santa Clara.
The Broncos jumped out to a 9-0 lead after three innings and never looked back. Gaucho Ace James Garcia (0-2) lasted only 1.2 innings surrendering six runs, five earned, in the losing effort.
Despite such a formidable deficit, the Gauchos did not give up as they fought back with five runs of their own in the top of the fourth, to cut the Santa Clara lead to 9-5.
With two men on, right fielder Ryan Spilborghs tripled down the right field line to make it 9-2. Designated Hitter Matt Wilkerson then followed up with a single to right center scoring Spilborghs for the third run. The following batter, first baseman Josh McCanne, laced a double to left center scoring Wilkerson, making it 9-4. Following a strike out and a ground out, which moved McCanne to third, catcher Chad Ziemendorf singled to center to score McCanne, to make the score 9-5.
The Gauchos made the game interesting as they scored again in the top of the seventh when pinch hitter Nic Rodriguez singled in second baseman Chris Malec to cut the Santa Clara lead to three, at 9-6.
However, any hopes of a miracle comeback were dashed in the bottom of the seventh when the Broncos put up three more runs off Jared Edrosolan. The junior righty, who had shut Santa Clara down in the fifth and sixth, couldn't do so in the seventh, extending the Broncos lead 12-6.
The Gauchos offense was out hit by Santa Clara 17 to 7.
UCSB will return to action tomorrow at 1:00 p.m., in Santa Clara, for game two of the three-game series.