March 5, 2005
SEATTLE, Wash. -
Santa Barbara's David Figoni extended his hitting streak to 10 consecutive games and pinch hitter Jack Pinkerton launched his first home run of the season as the UC Santa Barbara baseball team fell to Washington 6-1 on Friday night in the series opener at Husky Ball Park.
Tim Lincecum (2-2) earned the win, allowing only one hit over six scoreless innings. He walked six, but struck out 11. It was the second straight win for the Husky ace, who threw a two-hit shutout to beat Texas A&M last Sunday. Senior lefty David Dowling picked up a save, throwing the final three innings.
Lincecum struck the first six UCSB batters in order before walking designated hitter Matt Aidem to lead off the third inning. In the fourth, he walked three Gauchos, but used a double play and an inning-ending strikeout to get out of the jam.
The Gauchos (8-7) notched their first hit when third baseman David Fagoni led off the sixth with a line-drive single to center. The senior extended his hitting streak to double digits (10) with his two hit perforamce in Friday night's ball game.
The Huskies (6-7) scored their first runs in the bottom of the second. With Clem aboard at second, sophomore DH Curt Rindal chopped a double down the third-base to send in a run. Later in the second with two on and two out, Johnson, a senior from Vancouver, Wash., doubled to the gap in right-center to drive in two more, giving the UW an early 3-0 edge.
In the sixth, the UW knocked UCSB starter Steve Morlock (1-3) from the game when Clem, a junior from Burlington, Wash., belted a long three-run homer to left-center field, his second of the season and second in the last two games.
Figoni finished the night 2-for-3, accounting for two of the three UCSB hits. Pinch hitter Jack Pinkerton homered to lead off the ninth for the Gauchos' lone run.
UCSB returns to action against Washington tomorrow in game two of this weekend's three-game set. On the mound for the Gauchos will be junior Michael Martin (1-1) making his fifth start of the season. The first pitch is scheduled for 1:00 pm.