UCSB Blanked in Season Opener Against San Jose State
Feb. 10, 2007
SAN JOSE, Calif. - Four pitchers combined on a five-hit shutout as San Jose State University blanked UC Santa Barbara, 2-0, in baseball action at Blethen Field on Saturday, February 10.
San Jose State got both of its runs in similar fashion, with the first one coming in the opening frame. John Shaffer was hit by a Steve Morlock pitch with one out before he stole second and advanced to third on a throwing error by Gaucho catcher Chris McMurray. Donato Giovanatto's RBI groundout made it a 1-0 game. Freshman first baseman Kyle Bellows was then also hit by Morlock, before swiping second, but Morlock got the final out of the inning.
The Spartans got their insurance run in the seventh. Shaffer drew a one-out walk. As Giovanatto struck out, Shaffer stole second and again advanced to third on McMurray's error trying to throw him out. The sophomore shortstop then scored on a wild pitch by reliever Justin Aspegren
UC Santa Barbara put a runner at third base four times during the afternoon, which saw rains on and off, but no delays. The Gauchos had a runner at third and less than two outs twice, in the second and sixth innings. In the second, Spartan starter Loren Moneypenny got a groundout and struck out Brian Gump looking to wipe out back-to-back wild pitches that put leftfielder Mike Zuanich at third following a leadoff walk.
In the sixth, back-to-back one-out singles put Matt Valaika and Robbie Blauer at third and first, respectively, before Moneypenny got Zuanich to foul out and Mario Lewis to fly out. Lewis was Moneypenny's final batter, as the senior right-hander allowed just five hits and a walk over 6.0 innings in earning his first win of 2007. He struck out four.
The game was to be the opener of a doubleheader to kick off the three-game non-conference set, but with rains moving in at the end, the nightcap was postponed. The teams will now try to conclude the series with a 12:00 p.m. doubleheader at San Jose Municipal Stadium, on Sunday, February 11. Left-hander Jeff Braun is slated to be on the hill for the Gauchos.