March 11, 2008
San Luis Obispo, Calif. - UC Santa Barbara (8-6) scored six times in the top of the eighth, but lost 15-6 to Big West Conference foe Cal Poly (6-6) Tuesday night at Baggett Stadium. The Gauchos allowed season-high 15 runs on 19 hits as the Mustangs win evened the non-conference season series between the rivals at one game apiece.
The Mustangs scored a pair of runs in the bottom of the first to get things started early. A Logan Schafer sac-fly to centerfield scored Luke Yoder for the first run of the game. Brent Morel followed with an RBI double to left center, scoring Pat Pezet to put the Mustangs ahead, 2-0.
A run in the second and three in the fourth put the Mustangs ahead 6-0 after four innings. UCSB freshman Greg Davis, coming off the first win of his career in his first outing ever as a Gaucho, was bounced in the third inning. Davis allowed three runs on six hits, striking out one and walking three.
A nine-run fifth inning for Cal Poly bust the game wide open. The Mustangs batted around scoring nine runs on two walks, two hit batsmen, two singles, three doubles, and one triple. Ryan Lee started the scoring with an RBI double, bringing home Wes Dorrell. Three two-RBI hits from Adam Melker, Dorrell, and Kyle Smith, respectively highlighted the Mustang fifth. After the dust had settled, the score sat at 15-0, it was all the Mustangs would need to hold onto the victory.
The Gauchos made things interesting scoring six times in the eighth. David Klein led off the inning with a walk, followed by a Robby Cummings single to right center. Gunnar Terhune's RBI single in the ensuing at-bat scored Klein to put the Gauchos on the board, 15-1. Eric Oliver continued the scoring, doubling down the right field line to score Cummings from third. Left fielder Mike Zuanich joined the hit parade singling to left field on a 1-2 pitch to score Terhune. Shane Carlson then followed with a two-RBI double to right center, plating Zuanich and Oliver to cut the Mustang lead to 15-5. John DeAlba capped off the Gaucho outburst lacing an RBI single to left center, scoring Carlson from second.
Neither team would score in the following frame, as Mark DeVincenzi induced Matt McColgan to popup to end the game.
Cal Poly starter Jared Eskew pitched a four-inning one-hitter to earn the win. Eskew moved to 1-1 on the year, striking out three and walking one.
Carlson's double in the eighth extending the shortstop's hitting streak to 14 games. Carlson has hit safely in all 14 games to begin the year. Terhune went 2-for-2 with one run scored and an RBI. Oliver and Zuanich each went 1-for-3 with a run scored and an RBI, respectively.
Jesse Meaux and Matt Wade combined to throw 3.1 innings of scoreless relief, striking out three and walking none. Melker led the Mustangs going 4-for-5 with two runs scored and three RBI. Dorrell added three RBI in a 2-for-4 effort. Pezet was 2-for-4 with two runs scored and two RBI, while Morel was 2-for-3 with two runs scored and two RBI.
The Gauchos resume play at Caesar Uyesaka Stadium at 2:00 p.m. on Friday as they host Southern Utah for a four-game weekend series. Ace Mike Ford gets the ball for the Gauchos in hopes of winning his second game of the year.