Feb. 10, 2006
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. -
UC Santa Barbara (1-1) took the lead in the fourth inning before surrendering three runs in the sixth and two in the seventh in a 6-2 loss to San Jose State (2-2) in game one of a three-game series on Friday at Caesar Uyesaka Stadium.
Sophomore Alden Carrithers and freshman Shane Carlson both tallied two hits on the day. For the second straight game, Carrithers started the Gaucho offense with a leadoff base hit in the first inning. The Portland, Ore. native finished two-for-five with an RBI in the game. Carlson batted two-for-four at the plate, including a clutch double down the left field line to score the first Gaucho run in the second inning.
Gaucho starter Andy Graham lasted five and two-thirds innings, giving up five hits and surrendering three earned runs while striking out one. Freshman Matt Wade came on to pitch the last two and one-thirds innings for the Gauchos. The Orange, Calif. native faced six batters, surrendering only one hit while striking out one. Spartan starter Branden Dewing earned his second win of the season in the game. Dewing, who threw a complete-game shutout against Cal Poly last weekend, surrendered two runs on nine hits while striking out two in six innings of work.
San Jose State wasted no time getting on the board in the first. After a leadoff walk by Ryan Angel and a single by David Pierson, Greg Fyfe laid down a sacrifice bunt to move the runners to second and third. On the ensuing play, Brandon Fromm grounded out to Carrithers at second to give SJSU the early 1-0 advantage.
Down by a run, UCSB answered back in the second inning. Sophomore Dave Harrit got the ball rolling for the Gauchos, taking a pitch the other way and singling into right field. After a passed ball moved him to second base, Harrit came around to score on Carlson's double down the left field line. At the end of the second, the game was knotted at one run apiece.
The Gauchos pushed one run across the plate in the fourth to take a 2-1 lead over the Spartans. With one out, senior Matt Emerick singled back up the middle to jumpstart the Gaucho offense. With a runner on, Head Coach Bob Brontsema successfully chose to put the hit-and-run on. With Emerick already in motion, he easily advanced to third on Carlson's single into center field to put runners at the corners. Carrithers took advantage of the opportunity to pick up his second RBI of the season by dropping a base hit in front of Spartan center fielder Donato Giovanatto. Unfortunately for the Gauchos, Emerick's run would be the last on the day for UCSB.
San Jose State turned on the offense in the sixth innings, posting three runs in the frame. The big blow came off the bat of Giovanatto when he blasted a pitch over the wall in right field for a three-run homer. The Spartans would put two more runners on in the inning, but Gaucho reliever Justin Segal did his job and closed out the sixth with no more damage allowed.
SJSU was back at it again in the seventh, this time plating two runs in the inning. With one on and one out, freshman left-hander Anthony Martin was called upon to retire the left-handed hitting Fromm. Martin induced a ground out to shortstop Chris Valaika, but on the play the runner advanced to second. Pitching Coach Tom Myers played the same game with the right-handed hitting Giovanatto, this time summoning right-hander Justin Aspegren out of the Gaucho bullpen. After walking the next two batters to load the bases, Aspegren surrendered a base hit to right field that drove in the last two Spartan runs of the game.
Senior Matt McColgan had a standout game on Friday, throwing out three potential base stealers and finding himself on the receiving end of a double steal situation in which a fourth Spartan was caught stealing. Base stealers are now 0-5 in the stolen base department against McColgan. In addition, the La Cañada, Calif. native picked up his first Gaucho hit, a double off the left field wall in the eighth inning.
The Gauchos and Spartans continue their three-game series tomorrow at 1 p.m. at Caesar Uyesaka Stadium. Senior Steve Morlock is expected to be on the mound for UCSB.