No. 24 Stanford Scores in Bottom of 9th to Come Back and Beat Gauchos

No. 24 Stanford Scores in Bottom of 9th to Come Back and Beat Gauchos

March 5, 2010

Box Score

STANFORD, Calif. - Stanford scored a run in the bottom of the ninth on Friday night to top UC Santa Barbara, 6-5, in the opener of the teams three-game series, thwarting the Gauchos' hopes of beating the No. 24 Cardinal.

Stanford's Stephen Piscotty reached to open the ninth on shortstop Matt Valaika's throwing error, although pitchers David Meals and Connor Whalen almost got out of the jam.

A sacrifice bunt moved Piscotty to third and Whalen, making his Gaucho debut, got a pinch-hitter to ground back to the box.

However, pinch-hitter Jonathan Kaskow singled to left-center for the victory.

UCSB falls to 3-3 while Stanford improves to 5-3.

Valaika's night, however, shouldn't be concentrated on the error. The senior went 4-for-5 and his two-run homer in the first inning gave the Gauchos one of their three leads of the night. Valaika finished with three RBI.

Stanford took 3-2 lead with three runs in the fourth inning but UCSB rallied back for two runs in the top of the fifth. Sean Williams' double scored Ryan Palermo and Valaika later singled in Williams.

Marty Mullins hit a leadoff home run in the seventh to give UCSB a 5-4 advantage. Yet, the Cardinal scored once in the bottom of the inning to even things up.

UCSB left eight runners on, however the Cardinal stranded 13. UCSB batters struck out a total of 15 times on the night.

Mario Hollands started for the Gauchos and allowed four runs on seven hits in five innings. He struck out three and walked three.

Mike Ford made his season debut and allowed one run in two innings.

On Monday the Gauchos will host Waseda University out of Japan in a 2 p.m. game at UCSB's Caesar Uyesaka Stadium. UCSB will use wood bats for the first time since the NCAA made the move to metal bats over 30 years ago.

To purchase tickets, please call (805) 893-UCSB, visit the Ticket Office located inside the Intercollegiate Athletics building on campus or click here.

The Gauchos open their first regular-season weekend series the weekend following the Waseda University game, hosting a four-game set vs. Northern Illinois. The first game is scheduled for Friday, Mar. 12 at 2 p.m.

Season tickets are still available for UCSB baseball games with season plans starting as low as $50! Plus, all fans who purchase a season ticket will receive a free UCSB hat! Click here for more information.

Back again for the 2010 season is the Baseball Buddies program which allows youth teams to come to weekend Gaucho games and take the field with the Gauchos! The teams will also receive autographs from their favorite players and sing the 7th Inning Stretch. Please contact Alan Cassinelli in the Marketing office at (805) 893-4629 for more information or e-mail him