March 26, 2002
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - The UC Santa Barbara baseball team awoke from their mid-season slump to down hometown rival Westmont 16-5, Tuesday afternoon at Caesar Uyesaka Stadium.
The Gauchos scored a run in every single inning for the first time since 1985 and now improve to 13-15. UCSB pounded out 14 hits, scoring 16 runs-their highest total since a 23-10 rout of Creighton on February 23.
Westmont, who fall to 4-20-1, had a rough day all around committing six errors defensively, hitting four batters pitching and managed only seven hits on offense for the day.
Eric Posthumus (2-1) (Santa Clarita, Calif.) gets the win for the Gauchos, going six strong innings, striking out seven batters while yielding four runs, three earned. Kevin Miller (Long Beach, Calif.) gave up an unearned run in the seventh and Mike Sutherland (Torrance, Calif.) pitched two scoreless innings to complete the game.
Derek Moore (2-7) takes the loss for the Warriors, giving up seven runs, five earned, in two and two-thirds innings of work. Jeremiah Kiely pitched the final five and one-thirds innings giving up nine runs, three earned.
Right fielder Ryan Spilborghs (Santa Barbara) broke out of a 3-for-21 slump with a 3-for-4 performance, smacking his ninth homer of the year and also hitting his Big West Conference leading fifth triple. The junior also had five RBI in the game to take the lead for RBI in the Big West with 37.
Every single Gaucho starter scored a run, with five scoring two. Second baseman Chris Malec (Laguna Niguel, Calif.) also had a good day, going 3-for-6 with two runs and a RBI.
UCSB took a 8-1 lead into the fifth inning, highlighted by a five-run third inning. However, Westmont put up three runs in the fifth, to make it a 8-4 ball game.
The three Westmont runs did not phase the Gauchos as they continued to pile on 8 more runs in their four final innings at the plate while holding the Warriors to one.
The win was much needed one for the Gauchos as they look to build some positive momentum going into Big West Conference play after losing six of their previous seven games.
UCSB will begin Big West play this Thursday, when they host Cal State Northridge for a three-game set at Caesar Uyesaka Stadium. The two teams have already met twice this season in non-conference play splitting the two games. The Thursday and Friday games are scheduled for 2:00 p.m. while the Saturday game is at 1:00 p.m.