February 28, 2003

Baseball Falls In Series Opener To Sacramento State

Feb. 28, 2003

Box Score

Santa Barbara, Calif. - UC Santa Barbara (6-9) dropped the series opener versus Sacramento State Friday afternoon, 4-1. The Gauchos recorded eight hits but stranded a total of twelve men on base. Sacramento State's Marshall Plouffe (2-1) earned the win for the Hornets, Gaucho starter Sean Thompson (1-2) was credited with the loss. The loss drops the Gauchos to 6-9 this season, however, the game was completed under protest.

Josh Fulton singled to lead off the bottom of the third inning. After Plouffe delivered a pitch catcher Corey Watts threw behind Fulton at first base catching Fulton in a rundown. While in the rundown, the Hornet's first baseman interfered with Fulton on his way to second base. Fulton should have been awarded second base due to the interference call, however, the umpires kept Fulton at first base. After a conference with the umpiring crew, head coach Bob Brontsema informed them that UCSB would be playing the rest of the game under protest.

Sacramento State took an early lead in the top of the fourth inning. Chris Kinsey and Mikela Olsen led off the inning with back-to-back singles. Kinsey scored the first run of the game on a sacrifice fly by outfielder Jesse Schmidt. The next two Hornet batters reached safely, loading the bases for catcher Corey Watts. Watts bounced out to shortstop Josh Fulton allowing Olsen to score from third base and increasing Sacramento State's lead, 2-0.

Olsen homered off freshman Michael Martin in the top of the eighth inning making the score, 3-0. The Hornets added another run in the inning on a sacrifice fly by Rocky Gracio.

The Gauchos rallied in the eighth inning. Catcher Chad Ziemendorf reached first on a one out walk and advanced on a Bill Rowe single up the middle. With runners at first and third Matt Stevens delivered a shot up the middle plating Ziemendorf. After pinch hitter Greg Powers struck out, Fulton walked loading the bases with two outs. UCSB could not capitalize on the bases loaded situation as Hornet reliever Renecke Stelzreide struck out pinch hitter Nic Rodriguez to end the inning.

UC Santa Barbara went down in order in the ninth inning giving Sacramento State the victory.

"I don't think we were competitive at the plate today," commented head coach Bob Brontsema.

The UC Santa Barbara baseball team returns to action tomorrow at 1:00 p.m. for the second game of this three-game series. Right handed sophomore Eric Posthumus battles Hornet right hander Chris Kinsey.

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