March 18, 2007
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - Tracy got the start in place of injured right-hander Mike Ford on Sunday and filled the void nicely. The Presto, Pa. native lasted eight innings, allowing two runs (one earned) on two hits, four walks and one hit batsman to earn his first win. Tracy also collected three strikeouts in the game. Fellow senior Bryan Fleming threw a scoreless ninth inning to seal the victory for the Gauchos.
All but one Gaucho starter collected at least one hit in the game, led by senior Robbie Blauer with three hits on the day. Blauer finished three-for-four with an RBI to extend his hitting streak to twenty-one games dating back to the last game of the 2006 campaign. Sophomore Chris McMurray and freshman Gunnar Terhune also collected multiple hits in the game. McMurray finished two-for-four with a double and three runs scored. Terhune batted two-for-three with two runs scored and two RBI. Freshman Cody Dee, who started as the Gaucho designated hitter on Sunday, blasted his first homerun of the season in the second inning.
First baseman Justin Bunkis and shortstop Michael Glomb were the only Lions to collect a hit in the game on Sunday. Right fielder Angelo Songco was the only LMU player to drive in a run in the game, picking up two RBI on sacrifice flies. Lion starter Brian Wilson lasted five and a third innings, surrendering six runs (five earned) on seven hits and one walk while punching out three batters to be tagged with his first loss of the season. The five LMU relievers that followed surrendered the last five runs, with Ezequiel Ruvalcaba contributing the final inning and allowing one run on two hits.
UCSB jumped out to an early 4-0 advantage with four runs in the bottom of the second inning. After a McMurray hit-by-pitch and a sacrifice bunt put a runner at second, McMurray reached third on a balk by Wilson. On the ensuing play, sophomore Shane Carlson grounded out to second base to plate McMurray and the first Gaucho run. A two-out single and stolen base by Terhune set the table for junior leadoff man Chris Fox. Fox answered the call with a bloop single into left field to plate Terhune. With one swing of the bat, Dee made it 4-0 when he drove a pitch over the wall in right field for a two-run homer.
UCSB added two more runs in the bottom of the third. Senior Mario Lewis led off with a double to start the inning. After a failed bunt attempt resulted in an out, freshman Matt Valaika reached on an error by Will Dugoni at third base to put runners at first and second. Carlson followed by getting hit by a pitch to load the bases for Terhune. Terhune took advantage of the opportunity, smacking a two-RBI single into centerfield to put the Gauchos on top by six runs.
LMU got on the board in the top of the sixth, plating a single run in the frame. Dugoni reached second base on a throwing error by Terhune at third to start the inning. A groundout to second base moved Dugoni to third before Songco's first sacrifice fly of the afternoon plated the runner two batters later.
The Gauchos exploded for four more runs and batted around the order in the bottom of the seventh. Lewis was hit by a pitch to start the inning before moving to third on a successful hit-and-run play off the bat of McMurray. On the ensuing play, McMurray stole second and reached third on a throwing error by catcher Sean Dovel that allowed Lewis to score. With Mike Kenney now on the mound for LMU, Carlson singled to right centerfield to plate McMurray and the second Gaucho run of the inning. After a Terhune hit-by-pitch and a pitching change that brought Melvin Blackmon into the game for the Lions, UCSB pushed runners to second and third on a Blackmon wild pitch. Fox followed with another hit-by-pitch to load the bases. Two batters later, Blauer legged out an infield single to plate a third Gaucho run and keep the bases full of Gauchos. On the next play, a walk by junior Mike Zuanich plated the final Gaucho run of the inning.
LMU scored its last run of the game in the top of the eighth on another Songco sacrifice fly. A Glomb single got the inning started for the Lions before Eric Farris was hit by a pitch two batters later to put runners at first and second. A DeAndre Miller walk loaded the bases for the Lions and brought Songco to the plate for the sacrifice fly.
UCSB plated one last insurance run in the bottom of the eighth to run the score to its eventual final of 11-2. McMurray led off with a double into the left centerfield gap. After a pop out by Rose and a ground out by Carlson to move McMurray to third, junior Scott Cohen singled into left field to plate McMurray and the final Gaucho run of the game. For Cohen, the hit was his first of the season.
The three-game sweep of the Lions marked the second straight weekend series sweep for the Gauchos. UCSB will now host No. 11 Pepperdine this Saturday at 1 p.m. before visiting Malibu, Calif. on Sunday and Monday.