Malec's Two-Run Homer Sparks Baseball To 9-8 Win Over San Jose State

Feb. 16, 2002


Santa Barbara Calif. - - Despite a last second comeback by San Jose State (7-3), the UC Santa Barbara baseball team (6-4) was able to hang on, winning 9-8 on a cold and cloudy Saturday afternoon at Caesar Uyesaka Stadium.

Secondbaseman Chris Malec's two-run blast over the right field fence, sparked a four run four run eighth inning and erased a 5-5 tie, giving the Gauchos a 9-5 lead. Jeremy Sugarman (1-0) pitched three shutout innings in relief, to get the win.

San Jose State was lead by Hector Zamora, who went 3-for-5 on the day with four RBI. Frank Esposito took the loss for the Spartans.

UCSB lead 9-5 going into the final inning but closer Matt Moran could not finish off San Jose St., getting knocked around for three runs while only getting one batter out, making the score 9-8. Jared Edrosolan quickly replaced the struggling Moran and got a batter to pop up and then struck out the final batter of the game to get the save.

Gaucho starter James Dayley was roughed up for five runs on eight hits in five innings of work. SJSU starter Mike Malott was also tagged for five runs on six hits in 5 and 2/3 innings of work.

Shortstop David Licht also connected for his first home run of the season, a two-run shot over the right field wall in the third inning for the Gauchos.

UCSB and SJSU will play their third and final game of this series tomorrow at 1:00 p.m., at Caesar Uyesaka Stadium.