March 1, 2008
LOS ANGELES, Calif. - The UC Santa Barbara Gauchos split their doubleheader with the Loyola Marymount Lions on Saturday at Page Stadium, losing game one 6-3 in seven innings, and winning game two by a score of 6-2. A total of eight errors in the two games between the two squads lead to seven unearned runs on the day.
Redshirt freshman Mario Hollands was saddled with the loss in game one, his first as a Gaucho, going 5.1 innings allowing five runs (three earned) on eight hits, striking out four and walking three. Three Gaucho errors hurt Holland's' pursuit of his second career victory, as the southpaw was bounced from the game in the sixth inning.
LMU starter Mike Kenney earned the win, going 5.2 innings, allowing three runs (one earned) on five hits, striking out one and walking one. It was Kenney's second win on the year.
The Lions struck first in the bottom of the first on a Sean Dovel single to left field, scoring A.J. LaMonda from third. LaMonda reached on a fielders choice and advanced to third on two consecutive balks by Hollands.
A three-run two-out rally in the second inning for the Gauchos made the score 3-1, but the Lions roared back in the bottom half scoring three runs of their own.
Shane Carlson started the two-out rally with a double down the left field line. Shortstop Matt Valaika followed with a walk. Senior backstop Matt McColgan singled to the left centerfield gap, scoring Carlson and advancing Valaika to third. Brian Gump stepped to the plate and hit a ball to the right centerfield gap. The ball glanced off centerfielder Angel Songco's glove, allowing McColgan and Valaika both to score on the play.
A single, two doubles, a sac-fly, and a throwing error allowed the Lions to score three runs in the bottom of the second, regaining the lead 4-3.
Two Gaucho throwing errors in the sixth lead to two unearned LMU runs, extending the Lions' lead to 6-3.
Lion's sophomore Xavier Esquivel came on in the seventh to close out the game, striking out one in a perfect innings work.
Eric Oliver was the only Gaucho with a multi-hit game going 2-for-4, as the Gauchos collected only five hits in the game. McColgan went 1-for-3 with one run scored and one RBI.
Sean Dovel went 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI, while shortstop Kyle Spraker lead the Lion attack going 2-for-3 with a double, a stolen base, and two runs scored.
UCSB took advantage of four LMU errors in game two of the doubleheader as Senior Michael Martin picked up his first victory since Feb. 20, 2007 to lead the Gauchos in a 6-2 victory.
Martin pitched 5.2 innings allowing one run, on four hits, walking three and striking out one. It was also Martin's longest outing in two years, after the Red Bluff, Calif., native went down to injury in just his second appearance in 2007.
LMU starter Martin Viramontes struck out a career-high 13 batters, but was punished by a Lion error in his 6.1 innings of work, picking up his first loss in a Lion uniform. Viramontes allowed four runs, only two earned, on seven hits, walking one. It was the second consecutive day that a Lion starter struck out a career-high.
Following suit from the first game, LMU scored a run in the bottom of the first inning on a bases loaded groundout from Ryan Wheeler. Wheeler hit the ball to Gaucho shortstop Matt Valaika who flipped to second baseman Shane Carlson for the force out, as Jonathan Johnson scampered home on the play. The Gaucho pitching staff would shut down the Lions for the next seven innings, finally allowing a single run in the ninth.
The Gauchos answered quickly, much like the first game, by scoring a run in the top of the second. With one out junior transfer John DeAlba tripled to deep right center. Carlson's sac-fly to centerfield plated DeAlba, tying the game at 1-1.
Carlson singled home Eric Oliver in the fourth inning to give the Gauchos their first lead of the game, 2-1. Continuing his impressive day, Carlson drove home Mike Zuanich with his second sac-fly of the game in the sixth inning, pushing the Gaucho lead to 3-1.
A disastrous seventh inning in the field for the Lions allowed the Gauchos to score two more runs. Brian Gump's bunt single up the third baseline chased Viramontes from the game, giving way to Lion reliever Ernie Cho. A Patrick Rose groundout advanced Gump to second. Gump then scored on a misfired pick-off attempt, resulting in a two-base throwing error by Cho. Eric Oliver followed, reaching base on a throwing error by Lion shortstop Kyle Spraker. Mike Zuanich followed with a smooth single to right field. A fielding error by right fielder Andrew Irvine allowed Oliver to advance to third and Zuanich to second. Cho then threw a wild pitch to the backstop allowing Oliver to cruise into home uncontested, extending the Gauchos advantage to 5-1.
Valaika scored on an RBI double by Gump in the following frame.
Jason Roenicke closed out the game in a shaky ninth inning in which the Lions loaded the bases, but only managed to score one run.
Carlson paced the Gaucho offense with three RBI in a 1-for-3 effort. Gump, batting leadoff for the first time this season, went 3-for-5 with a run scored, one RBI, and two stolen bases.
The Gauchos resume play at 12:00 p.m. tomorrow, finishing up Friday's game in the ninth inning. Chuck Huggins takes the mound for the Gauchos in the regularly scheduled series finale at 1:00 p.m. in attempt to win his second game of the year.