Feb. 28, 2008
LOS ANGELES, Calif. - The UC Santa Barbara baseball team (3-1) fought tooth and nail in Wednesday's five hour 35 minute, 13-inning game, but came up short as No. 3 UCLA (2-1) outlasted the Gauchos in a 5-4 win at Jackie Robinson Stadium. Former Gaucho Alden Carrithers singled home Brady Dolan in the bottom of the thirteenth inning to give the Bruins the win.
It was just the second win for UCLA in the past six meetings between the two squads.
A McMurray groundout in the third plated Patrick Rose, giving the Gauchos a 2-0 advantage.
Starter Michael Martin was pulled after two innings of work in which he allowed no runs, on two hits, striking out one. This opened the floodgates for the Gaucho bullpen as eight different relievers combined to pitch in the game.
The Bruins got on the board in the bottom of the third inning scoring off reliever Anthony Martin, but the resilient Gauchos fought back in the top half of the fourth. Brian Gump singled and Rose drew a walk, bringing up Fox who grounded out to the right side, advancing both of the runners. With two outs and runners on second and third, Orange Coast College transfer Eric Oliver singled through the left side, driving in Gump and Rose, bringing the score to 4-1.
UCLA would go on to score one run in the next three innings as well, finally tying the game in the sixth when Matt Wade hit Carrithers with the bases loaded to force home Justin Uribe.
Both bullpens would clamp down to throw six straight scoreless innings until Carrithers delivered the final blow in the thirteenth. Gaucho Zach Samuels induced Casey Haerther to fly out to right field to leadoff the inning. Samuels then walked Dolan and hit third baseman Jermaine Curtis with a pitch. Carrithers, who played for UCSB in his freshman and sophomore years, and then transferred to UCLA for his junior campaign, singled to straightaway center to deliver the final blow.
All in all, the thirteen inning extraordinaire saw a total of 23 position players and 13 pitchers play in the game. The Wednesday night marathon was easily the longest game either of the two teams have played in this year.
Oliver and McMurray each finished the game going 1-for-6 with two RBIs. Only three Gauchos finished the game with more than one hit.
Cody Decker went 2-for-3 in the game with two RBI, while Carrithers finished going 2-for-5 with a run scored, a walk, and two RBI for the Bruins.
Justin Uribe, who played left field, center field, and pitched, picked up the win for UCLA, while Samuels was saddled with the loss for the Gauchos.
UCSB resumes play on Friday at 2:00 p.m. as they take on Loyola Marymount for a four-game weekend set.