March 5, 2003
Montecito, Calif. - UC Santa Barbara (9-9) exploded for 18 runs in their highest scoring game of the season on Wednesday against Westmont College (3-13). Almost every single player was involved in the scoring for the Gauchos. Santa Barbara emptied out their bench and let everyone get involved in the slugfest. Even weekend starting pitchers Sean Thompson and Matt Vasquez got their first collegiate at bats.
Taylor Vogt put an exclamation mark on the game with a monster grand slam over the fence in right field during the 5th inning. He was one of nine Gauchos to touch home plate during the frame, putting the game far out of reach for the home-team Warriors early on. When the inning was all over, 14 batters stepped up to the plate and laced out seven hits. Matt Emerick added a towering two run shot, his second on the season.
Westmont pulled to an early 1-0 lead in the second inning on a triple by Warrior shortstop Scott Knox. That one run lead was shortly lived as the Gauchos would then score the next 14 runs in the game.
Santa Barbara went ahead for good in the 3rd inning when they brought nine men to the plate. A fielder's choice ground ball by Bill Rowe brought in Matt Stevens. An errant throw by the shortstop allowed Nate Sutton to score on the play as well. Later, with the bases loaded, Matt Emerick walked to bring in Rowe. After two singles, three walks and a hit batter, the Gauchos owned a 3-1 lead.
Seven of the nine starters for UCSB had bits today during their 22-hit barrage. Nate Sutton led all with his 5-for-7 day. He scored four times and had one RBI from his 9th inning home run. The third baseman was a triple short of the cycle. Chris Caraballo came off the bench and was 4-for-4 with 3 RBI and 2 runs. He now leads the team in hitting, going 8-for-14 on the year, good for a .571 avg.
Bill Rowe closed out the scoring for Santa Barbara, launching the Gauchos fourth homerun of the game in the top of the 9th. He ended the day 2-for-6 with 2 RBI and 5 runs scored. Matt Wilkerson and Josh Fulton each had three hits for UCSB.
The Gauchos used five pitchers against Westmont. Starter Michael Martin went three innings giving up one hit and one run. Rich Sorenson (1-0) got the win in relief, pitching two innings of one-hit ball. Jared Edrosolan, Ivan Ramirez and Steve Morlock also came in out of the pen. Westmont starter Marcus Gillette (0-2) received the loss, pitching four and two-thirds innings and allowing nine runs off of eight hits.
UCSB heads to Los Angeles to play Loyola Marymount for a three game series starting on Friday at 2:00 pm. The weekend games both start at 1:00 pm. Left-handed senior Sean Thompson (1-3) will take the mound on Friday. Eric Posthumus (0-2) and Matt Vasquez (2-1) follow in the rotation.