March 6, 2010
STANFORD, Calif. - For the second straight game, the UC Santa Barbara baseball team saw No. 24 Stanford come back to tie things late in the game and then enjoy another walk-off victory.
Jake Schlander's home run to lead off the bottom of the 11th inning gave Stanford the 5-4 win as the Cardinal again rallied against UCSB's bullpen following a walk-off win in the ninth inning on Friday.
Pinch-hitter Adam Gaylord's one-out single in the eighth inning vs. reliever Kevin Gelinas drove in Stephen Piscotty with the tying run. Marty Mullins ripped a two-out double down the left-field line in the 11th inning but Trevor Whyte struck out to end the threat.
Schlander greeted David Meals (0-3) with a homer to left field to open the Cardinal's 11th inning, handing the Gauchos their second straight heartbreaking defeat. UCSB falls to 3-4 overall while No. 24 Stanford improves to 6-3.
UCSB got off to another 2-0 lead in the first inning for the second straight game. With two out, Matt Valaika singled and Mark Haddow walked before Beck Wheeler smashed a two-run double to left center, providing Gaucho starter Nick Loredo with an early lead.
Loredo, making his second start in the blue and gold, pitched well, allowing just one earned run in his seven innings. However another error opened the door for a Stanford rally in the fifth inning.
With two outs, Kellen Kiilsgaard reached on Whyte's fielding error and after a walk, another error by Whyte allowed Kiilsgaard to score. Another base hit scored Stanford's second unearned run of the inning, bringing the Cardinal within a run at 4-3.
UCSB scored a pair of runs in the fourth to take a 4-1 lead. Whyte's double scored Mullins, who singled, and Sean Williams hit a sacrifice fly to give UCSB the three-run lead.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.