Three Home Runs Power Baseball To 16-8 Win Over Cal State Northridge

Feb. 12, 2002

The UCSB baseball team (5-3) continues to roll, breaking out the long ball from their arsenal to win their third consecutive game and first of the year against Cal State Northridge (5-3) 16-8 at Matador Field.

After hitting only four home runs through seven games, the Gauchos got three from a rapidly improving offense that has scored ten or more runs in three of their last five games. Ryan Spilborghs knocked his first one out of the park this year and Chris Malec and Josh McCanne connected for their second blasts on the year.

Kevin Miller (1-0) came in to relieve starter Eric Posthumus, who was roughed up for seven runs in 3.2 innings pitched, to pick up the win. Miller, who usually plays left field for the Gauchos, held the highest scoring offense in the Big West Conference to one run while striking out four in 4.1 innings pitched to earn his first win at the Division-I level. Sean Thompson closed the game by pitching a scoreless ninth inning.

After falling behind 3-0 after one inning of play, the Gauchos put up three runs of their own in the second and four more in the third to take a 7-3 lead.

However, Northridge came right back with two runs in the bottom of the third and two more in the fourth, to tie the game at 7-7.

But the Gaucho offence could not be stopped. UCSB's offense charged back at the Matadors with a 9-0 scoring run, putting up a five spot on the board in the sixth, and four more in the eighth, to take a commanding 16-7 lead.

Dave Licht and Matt Wilkerson also swung the bat well for the Gauchos with both going 3-for-4. McCanne and Spilborghs also had four RBI in the winning effort.

UCSB will now return home after going 3-1 on the road. The Gauchos will host San Jose State starting February 15, for a three game weekend series. The first pitch of the Friday game is scheduled for 2:00 p.m. while the Saturday and Sunday games are scheduled for 1:00 p.m.