Malec and Figoni Each Homer in 5-3 Loss; Gauchos Suffer First Sweep of the Season
Feb. 27, 2005
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - Third baseman David Figoni had three hits, including his second home run of the season and relief pitcher Justin Segal struck out six batters but Oregon State completed a three-game sweep of the UC Santa Barbara baseball team Sunday with a 5-3 victory at Caesar Uyesaka Stadium.
UCSB lost each game by a margin of two runs. Second baseman Chris Malec also blasted his first bomb of the season but in the end OSU starter Jonah Nickerson was too tough striking out nine Gaucho batters in 5.2 innings of work.
Senior Chris Malec got the Gauchos on the scoreboard early, launching his first home run of the season over the right center field fence.
UCSB starter sophomore Andy Graham was lifted early as the Beavers scored five runs in the top of the third inning. Oregon State second baseman Ryan Gipson began the inning with in an infield single to shortstop. Then left fielder Tyler Graham attempted to bunt Gipson over to second, but with his speed he legged it out for infield single. UCSB's Graham then
walked the next two Beaver batters, allowing the first run of the ball game to cross the plate. Left fielder Mike Lissman then hit the ball sharply to third baseman David Figoni who stepped o n the bag for the first out of the inning but then threw the ball away attempting to catch OSU's Graham at the plate. Designated hitter Joey Ledesma would follow with a single, scoring two runs. OSU added one more run, increasing their lead to 5-1. Graham picked up his first loss of the season allowing four earned runs in 2.1 innings pitched.
Sophomore relief pitcher Justin Segal came on in the third inning to relieve Graham and looked mighty impressive. The submarine pitcher stuck out six batters, including the side in the sixth inning. Segal allowed no runs and only three hits in 5.1 innings of work.
Senior David Figoni got UCSB closer as he blasted his second four-bagger of the 2005 campaign to left field in the sixth inning, making the score 5-2. Figoni went 3-for-5, with one home run and two runs scored in Sunday's affair. Because of a mistake by the official scorekeeper, Figoni continues to ride an eight-game hitting streak. Figoni was not credited with a single up the middle in game one of the series, keeping his hitting streak alive.
Senior right fielder Matt Wilkerson picked-up his team leading 16th RBI of the season with his single to right field in the bottom of the eighth inning, pulling the Gauchos within two runs. But that's as close as the Gauchos would get as Oregon State reliever Kevin Gunderson would receive his second save of the series in his 2.2 innings of work.
UCSB stays at home and faces Cal Poly in a one game a non-conference match up on Tuesday, March 1 before visiting Washington for a three-game series. The game is scheduled for a 2:00 pm first pitch at Caesar Uyesaka Stadium.