Feb. 9, 2002
The UCSB baseball team (3-3) turned the tables on Santa Clara (3-2) from a day earlier, as the Gauchos jumped out to an early lead and never looked back, beating the Broncos 12-2 Saturday afternoon at Buck Shaw Stadium.
After getting only seven hits the day before, the Gaucho offense came to life getting 16 hits, with three batters getting three or more.
Second baseman Chris Malec led the offensive charge for UCSB, going 3-for-5 with a double, home run and six runs batted in. Left fielder Kevin Miller finished with a perfect 4-for-4 day to go along with two runs batted in.
The middle of the lineup came up huge for the Gauchos as the number five, six and seven batters for UCSB went a combined 10-for-13 with eight runs batted in and six runs scored.
Junior James Dayley (1-0) got the win for the Gauchos, holding the Santa Clara to four base hits, one earned run while striking out five in six innings of work. Sean Thompson and Matt Moran finished the game for UCSB, not allowing a hit in the nine batters they faced.
The Gaucho pitching staff allowed only two Broncos to get hits, with Joey Gomes doing most of the damage leading the Santa Clara offense with a 3-for-4 day.
The two teams will play the rubber match of the series tomorrow afternoon at Buck Shaw Stadium. The first pitch is scheduled for 1:00 p.m.