UCSB Earns First Series Victory, Downs No. 24 Cal Poly 8-7

March 12, 2006

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SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - UCSB (6-9) defeated No. 24 Cal Poly (13-8) 8-7 in the twelfth inning on Sunday in the continuation of Friday's game one between the two teams before knocking off the Mustangs 8-7 in Sunday's regularly scheduled game three at Caesar Uyesaka Stadium.

In game one, which was resumed in the top of the 10th inning, UCSB came out on top despite Cal Poly loading the bases in both the tenth and eleventh innings. In fact, UCSB failed to put a runner on base until the twelfth inning in which they eventually won the game. Sophomore Patrick Rose led off the inning for the Gauchos with a walk. After a Chris Valaika groundout moved Rose to second, Chris McMurray was hit by a pitch to put runners at first and second. Mustang head coach Larry Lee then brought in DJ Mauldin to try to get out of the inning. After a groundout moved the runners up ninety feet, freshman Shane Carlson blooped a single into left field to score Rose and give the Gauchos the game one win. Junior reliever Justin Segal earned the win in the game to run his record to 2-0. Cal Poly's Thomas Eager (1-2) took the loss.

Sophomore standout Alden Carrithers led the way offensively for the Gauchos in game three. The Portland, Ore. native went three-for-four with two runs scored and a walk in the game. Junior Matt Anderson also tallied multiple hits in the game, batting two-for-five with two RBI. First baseman Robbie Blauer and freshman Matt Clark each added two RBI for the Gauchos.

Junior right-hander Bryan Fleming threw a gem on Sunday in game three, but earned a no decision in the end. Fleming lasted eight innings, officially giving up four runs on five hits while striking out six. The Marin County, Calif. native gave up two runs in the first seven innings, and earned the last two runs when he left two runners on in the ninth. Freshman Clayton Edwards picked up his first win of the season by throwing two-thirds of the ninth before the Gauchos scored a run in the bottom of the inning to break a 7-7 tie. Mauldin earned the loss in game three, giving up one run on two hits in a third of an inning pitched.

Fleming came out dealing in the top of the first, retiring the first three Mustangs in order, including two strikeouts. Mustang starter Evan Reed also faced the minimum in the bottom of the first to keep the score at 0-0.

The teams once again swapped zeroes in the second before UCSB posted four runs in the bottom half of the third. After leadoff walks to Rose and Brian Gump, UCSB had runners at first and second with nobody out. Mustang catcher Matt Canepa took it upon himself to get an out when he picked Rose off at second base after a bunt attempt. UCSB once again put runners at first and second when Gump stole second and Mario Lewis walked. On the ensuing play, Carrithers loaded the bases with a single into center field. After a wild pitch gave UCSB the lead, Valaika walked to load the bases once more for the Gauchos. In response, Cal Poly brought in reliever Eric Massingham to get out of the inning. Massingham quickly walked Blauer to push a second run across the board. After getting the second out of the inning, Clark came up clutch for the Gauchos with a two-RBI single into left field that gave UCSB the 4-0 advantage.

Cal Poly answered back for one run in the top of the fourth before UCSB posted three more in the bottom half of the inning. Jimmy Gardiner led things off for the Mustangs with a walk before moving to second base on a groundout off the bat of Jimmy Van Ostrand. Josh Lansford took advantage of the RBI situation with a single back up the box to cut the deficit to three runs. UCSB's fourth inning once again started with a Rose walk. After a fudged pick off moved him to second and a wild pitch moved him to third, Rose scored on a Lewis single to left field. Later in the inning, Blauer flew out to left field with the bases loaded to plate the second Gaucho run. On the ensuing play, Anderson singled home Lewis to give the Gauchos a 7-1 lead.

Neither team managed to score until Cal Poly posted one run in the top of the seventh. With one out, Bryan Kepner tripled down the right field line before a groundout by Canepa plated him for the second Mustang run of the game.

With a commanding 7-2 lead headed into the ninth, Fleming took the hill looking for his second complete game of the season. Cal Poly was not ready to give it to him. The Mustangs posted five runs in the frame to knot the score at seven runs apiece. After a Gardiner single and a Van Ostrand walk put runners on first and second with nobody out, Fleming left the mound to a standing ovation from the fans at Caesar Uyesaka Stadium. Senior left-hander Andrew Schoneberger came in to try to shut the door on the Mustang rally, but Lansford welcomed him with a single to load the bases. After a walk plated the first run of the inning, the sub-armed Segal came out of the Gaucho bullpen looking to end the game. Canepa flied out deep to center field to score the second run of the inning, but UCSB picked up a huge first out. Pinch-hitter Adam Buschini singled in the next Mustang run on the very next play to put runners at first and second. On the ensuing play, Brent Morel hit a ball off Clark's glove at third base that then rolled past Valaika at shortstop. Valaika picked the ball up and tried to throw Grant Desme out at the plate, but instead his throw got past Anderson behind the dish and the runners moved up to second and third. After a walk loaded the bases, Segal hit Brent Walker with a pitch to score the fifth and final run of the inning, thus knotting the score at seven. Edwards was then summoned out of the bullpen to close the door. He quickly retired the next two batters to keep the score deadlocked.

Despite losing the majority of the momentum, UCSB pushed the winning run across the plate in the bottom of the ninth. Carrithers led things off with a drag bunt single to second base. On the next play, Valaika executed the sacrifice bunt that moved Carrithers into scoring position. After the Mustangs intentionally walked Blauer to create the force, Anderson doubled over Gardiner's head in center field to give the Gauchos the 8-7 victory.

UCSB will resume action this Thursday when it hosts Dartmouth at 2 p.m. at Caesar Uyesaka Stadium. The Gauchos will then host TCU in a three-game series starting on Friday at 2 p.m.