Feb. 16, 2003
Santa Barbara, Calif. - The Gauchos scored six runs in the last two innings defeating the Spartans in the final game of the three-game series on Sunday. UCSB snapped their four-game skid, defeating the Spartans, 12-11.
The two bullpens combined to use 11 pitchers in the contest. True freshman Steve Morlock picked up his first victory of the season, Spartan pitcher Andy Cook was credited with the loss.
UCSB struck first, scoring a run in the top of the second inning, but San Jose State captured the lead in the bottom of the inning on a three-run home run from Ruben Martinez.
The Gauchos regained the lead, scoring four runs in the fifth inning on an RBI singles from catcher Chad Ziemendorf and Josh Fulton, a bases loaded walk to Matt Stevens and a fielders choice to centerfielder Gabe Mann.
The Spartans countered with five runs of their own in the bottom of the fifth inning, regaining the lead, 8-5. Left fielder Markum King capped off the inning with a three-run homer over the right field fence.
Taylor Vogt's bases loaded double to the gap cleared the bases and gave the Gauchos the lead going into the bottom of the ninth, 12-9.
The Spartans rallied for two more runs in the bottom of the ninth, but Ryan Miller grounded out to first base preserving the Gaucho victory.
This offensive game saw 21 hits from UCSB and 15 from the San Jose State. First baseman Josh McCanne led the Gauchos at the plate going 4-for-6. Blair Havens, Nate Sutton, and Fulton each recorded three hits apiece.
King, Martinez, and Guerra tallied three RBI each for the Spartans.
UC Santa Barbara battles the UCLA Bruins at home on Tuesday, February 18 at 2:00 p.m. The Gauchos conclude the week with a three-game home series against Santa Clara, starting on Friday, February 21 at 2:00 p.m.