March 13, 2005
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. -
Sophomore starting pitcher Andy Graham (3-1) pitched 7.0 shutout innings as the UC Santa Barbara baseball team (10-11) cruised past Loyola Marymount (5-11) 6-0 on Sunday afternoon at Caesar Uyesaka Stadium. Junior first baseman Bill Rowe went 1-for-2 with three RBI and senior third baseman David Figoni extended his hitting streak to 16 games as the Gauchos won their fourth series of the season.
Santa Barbara strung together four hits, and a walk to jump out to 4-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning. Figoni began the rally with a single up the middle with one down in the inning. Senior shortstop Chris Malec drew a free pass to put runners on first and second. Hot hitting designated hitter Matt Aidem tallied his eighth hit and seventh RBI of the series as he singled to right field, driving in Figoni. Rowe immediately followed with a two RBI double down the left field line. The Gauchos made it three straight hits as freshman left fielder David Harrit cashed in Rowe with his single to right field.
Four runs proved to be all sophomore starter Andy Graham would need. Graham looked solid in his third win of the year, pitching 7.0 innings allowing no earned runs while striking out six.
The Gauchos would score two more runs throughout the remainder of the game. In the bottom of the third inning, Rowe would ink his third RBI of the afternoon with his sacrifice fly to right field. UCSB would score one more run in the bottom of the sixth inning as LMU committed three errors.
Designated hitter Aidem had a series to remember. In the three games against LMU, Aidem went 9-for-13 (.643), with seven RBI and one run scored. The freshman went 5-for-5 in the series opener on Friday.
With his first inning single up the middle, third baseman Figoni extended his hitting streak to 16 straight games.
Shortstop Malec went 2-for-3 with a run scored and a walk in Sunday's series finale.
LMU left fielder Chris Pettit was the only Lion to collect multiple hits as he went 2-for-4. Lion's starting pitcher Jeff Stevens (0-3) dropped his third game of the year.
Relief pitchers Loren Fraser and Alex McRobbie each tossed one inning, preserving Santa Barbara's first shutout out of the year. McRobbie struck out two of the four batters he faced in the ninth inning.
UCSB is off for eight days as Winter Quarter finals begin on Monday. The Gauchos return to action on Monday, March 21 as they face Stony Brook at home. Santa Barbara then travels up to Cal Poly for a one-game non-conference match-up on Tuesday, before hosting Oral Roberts for a three-game set beginning on Thursday, March 24.