March 11, 2005
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. -
Freshman designated hitter Matt Aidem continued his hot hitting, going 5-for-5 and driving in six runs as the UC Santa Barbara baseball team (9-10) defeated Loyola Marymount (4-10) 14-7 at Caesar Uyesaka Stadium on Friday afternoon. UCSB third baseman David Figoni extended his hitting streak to 14 games with two hits and one RBI in the ball game.
Santa Barbara got on the board early and often on Friday, scoring three runs in the bottom of the first inning after a costly LMU error. Junior center fielder Matt Emerick led off the game with a single to center field. Senior Chris Malec got aboard on a throwing error by LMU second baseman Brandon DiTolla. After a walk to junior first baseman Bill Rowe, designated hitter Aidem drove a two out bases clearing single to right field putting the Gauchos ahead 3-0.
The Lions got a run back in the top of the second inning as left fielder Chris Pettit was brought around to score on a RBI single by DiTolla.
Santa Barbara wasted no time adding to its 3-1 lead, putting up three more runs in the bottom of the third inning. Senior right fielder Matt Wilkerson picked up his team leading 21st RBI, driving in Malec from second base. Two batters later, Aidem tallied his fourth RBI of the game, bringing in Wilkerson with his second two out base hit. Senior left fielder Matt Stevens put UCSB up 6-1 with an RBI fielders choice.
LMU cut into the Gaucho lead in the top of the fourth. With one out, catcher Sean Dovel doubled down the left field line and later scored on a throwing error by UCSB first baseman Bill Rowe.
In the bottom of the fourth inning the Santa Barbara bats stayed on fire. After David Figoni extended his hitting streak to 14 games with a single to center field, he was immediately brought around to score as Malec blasted his second home run of the season over the left center field fence. Freshman Alden Carrithers inked the first two RBI of his short college career with a bloop single to left field with the bases loaded.
The Gauchos would later add four more runs in their final three at bats of the game.
Matt Aidem went 5-for-5 tying a UCSB school record that lasted for almost four years. Mike Kolbach went 5-for-5 against Sacramento State on April 21, 2001. Aidem's six RBI was a feat that had not been achieved since Chris Malec drove in six against Creighton in February of 2003. For the year, Aidem has a team leading batting average of .447.
Chris Malec ended the night going 3-for-6 with one home run, three RBI and four runs scored.
UCSB junior starting pitcher Michael Martin (2-1) picked up his second win of the season going 6.2 innings allowing four earn runs while striking out six.
Junior reliever Nate Holguin looked impressive out of the Gaucho bullpen, allowing no earned runs in 2.1 innings hurled.
LMU starter Stephen Kahn (1-1) dropped his first game of the year, giving up 10 hits and six earned runs in 3.1 innings of work.
UCSB resumes action tomorrow as game two of the three-game set against LMU begins at 1:00 pm at Caesar Uyesaka Stadium. On Sunday, the final meeting between Gauchos and the Lions is scheduled for a 1:00 pm first pitch.