UCSB Drops Third Game of Series, Falls to TCU 8-5

March 19, 2006

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SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - Although it did not earn its first series sweep, UCSB (9-10) did get its second consecutive series victory when it fell to TCU (11-11) 8-5 in game three of a three-game series on Sunday at Caesar Uyesaka Stadium.

Sophomore Patrick Rose led the Gauchos offensively in game three, batting three-for-four with a run scored on the afternoon. Junior Chris Valaika went one-for-four with a double in the game. Sophomore standout Alden Carrithers batted one-for-three with two runs scored and two walks in the second game of the double-header on Sunday. Matt Emerick also doubled in the game, finishing one-for-four with a run scored.

Gaucho starter Bryan Fleming earned the loss after lasting 3.2 innings, surrendering five earned runs on six hits while striking out three. Freshman Clayton Edwards tossed two and two thirds innings of relief, giving up one run on one hit while striking out a batter. Junior reliever Justin Segal came in to finish the game for the Gauchos, surrendering a run on three hits. Sam Demel earned the win for TCU by dealing five innings and giving up one earned run on four hits.

UCSB drew first blood when it posted a run in the bottom of the first. After a Carrithers walk, Valaika drove a pitch into the left centerfield gap for a double that plated Carrithers from first.

TCU would answer back with a run in the second and third to take a 2-1 lead headed into the fourth. After a single and a stolen base put a runner at second, Corey Steglich singled to right field to drive in the run in the second. Fleming hit the first two batters in the third to put runners at first and second. On the ensuing play, Matt Emerick dropped a fly ball in centerfield, but forced the runner out at second base. When Carrithers got the ball at second, he tried to throw out the runner headed to third, but the ball skipped away from third baseman Matt Clark and allowed the runner to scamper home.

The Horned Frogs added to their lead with four runs in the fourth. The big blow came off the bat of Chad Huffman when he tripled to centerfield to drive in two runs. Andrew Walker also picked up an RBI in the inning with a single back up the middle.

UCSB was down, but not out when it scored two runs in the bottom of the fifth. The key play in the inning was an error by TCU shortstop Bryan Kervin. Kervin was camped under a fly ball with two outs in the inning when he unexpectedly dropped the ball. Carrithers and Gump scored on the play, cutting the deficit to 6-3.

TCU got the two runs back in the top of the seventh. The big blow came off the bat of Kervin when he singled down the right field line with the bases loaded to plate two base runners.

UCSB did manage to score twice in the bottom of the ninth, but it was too little too late. Rose picked up his third hit of the game with a leadoff single to right field. After an Emerick double moved runners to second and third, Chris Webber grounded out to second base to drive in the first Gaucho run and move Emerick to third. Pinch-hitter Matt Anderson followed suit with a groundout to third base that drove in the second and final run of the inning for the Gauchos. TCU reliever Omar Arif got the third out of the inning on the ensuing play to seal the TCU 8-5 victory.

UCSB will continue action on Sunday, March 26 when it travels to Hawaii to take on the Rainbow warriors in a three-game series starting at 1 p.m. Following the three-game set with Hawaii, UCSB will take on Hawaii-Hilo in a three game series starting on March 30 at 6 p.m.